Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk vowed to vote for Republican candidates in the midterm elections, a break from his record of "overwhelmingly" supporting Democratic candidates in the past.
Musk slammed Twitter's "very far-Left bias" as contributing to his openness to the GOP, adding that he will support the party in the midterm elections, despite his uncertainty as to whether he's ever backed a Republican candidate before.
"I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats historically, overwhelmingly. Like, I'm not sure, I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear," Musk said during a virtual appearance on an episode of the All-In podcast on Monday. "Now, this election, I will."
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Musk has garnered speculation about his political beliefs based on some of his tweets. In a 2013 interview with the Huffington Post, Musk shared that he has donated to both the Democratic and Republican parties. Musk also clarified that he voted for former President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and said the Republican Party will still sometimes fall victim to "corporate evil and religious zealotry."
"The point I'm trying to make is that this is not some sort of attempt to, it's not some right-wing takeover as, say, people on the Left may fear," Musk told the hosts of his recent purchase of Twitter, calling the bid a "moderate-wing takeover in an attempt to ensure that people of all political beliefs feel welcome on a digital town square."
Musk recently said his $44 billion deal to take over Twitter will not "move forward" until the company is able to address the quantity of fake or spam accounts on the site.
"We obviously need to get rid of the bots and scams and trolls and people that are operating huge bot armies in an attempt to unduly influence the public opinion," Musk told the hosts.
"Free speech is important. For a healthy democracy, it is important," he added. "Like, say, when does free speech matter most? It's when it's someone you don't like saying something you don't like."
The Tesla CEO pointed to the fact that he gets "trashed by the media all the time" as evidence of the importance of free speech protections.
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Musk, a free speech advocate, has vowed to lift some of Twitter's harsher censorship decisions if his $44 billion takeover bid comes to fruition, most notably saying last week he would restore the account of former President Donald Trump. Trump, who was booted from the platform for his words and actions preceding the Jan. 6 riot, has said he wouldn't return, instead preferring to post on his own platform, Truth Social.