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Elon Musk says he ‘never voted Republican’ but will this election

On two separate occasions this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he will vote for Republican candidates in this November’s midterm elections, bashing Democrats as “the party of division and hate.”

Speaking on a podcast recording at the All In Summit in Miami on Monday, Musk said, “I would classify myself as a moderate, neither Republican or Democrat. In fact, I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats historically. Overwhelmingly. I might never have voted Republican. Now, this election? I will.” On another podcast with Jason Calacanis, Musk said of the Democrats, “The Democratic party is overly controlled by the unions and the trial lawyers, particularly the class-action lawyers.”

On Wednesday, Musk Tweeted another confirmation that he will vote for Republicans in November. “In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party. But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican. Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold …” adding a popcorn emoji.

In the past, Musk’s companies have engaged in numerous lobbying campaigns in Washington that have supported both sides of the aisle in Congress. Musk himself, however, has embraced several right-wing beliefs and talking points in recent months, particularly when it comes to free speech.

In his buyout bid for Twitter, Musk has repeatedly pointed to changes he would make to what he believes are infringements on freedom of speech, including reinstating the account of former president Donald Trump.

Musk has accused Twitter of being biased in favor of more liberal beliefs, saying in the podcast in Miami, “I think there’s a need for a public town square where people can debate issues of all kinds. Where it feels balanced from a political standpoint [and] it’s not biased one way or the other.”

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: BUSINESS INSIDER

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