May 18, 2022 - Technology

Elon Musk says he will vote for Republicans now

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Elon Musk said that he will vote for Republicans and can "no longer support" Democrats, the Tesla founder said on Wednesday.

The big picture: Musk said that he previously voted Democrat "because they were (mostly) the kindness party."

  • "They have become the party of division & hate," Musk continued.

Flashback: Three weeks ago, Musk said that Twitter "must be politically neutral" to deserve the public trust.

  • "Which effectively means upsetting the far right and the far left equally," Musk said.

Between the lines: Musk announced last month that he is in the process of buying Twitter. His bid launched a debate over the most American of ideas — free speech — and private companies' rights and obligations to sort the boundaries between disinformation and censorship.

  • Several Republicans previously hailed Musk as a hero and Twitter as the problem.
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