Elon Musk took to Twitter, his recently acquired platform, to advocate independent thinkers to vote in a Republican Congress on Tuesday.
Musk tweeted that independent voters should vote Republican to keep a political balance between the White House and Congress, noting that President Joe Biden is a Democrat.
“To independent-minded voters: Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties, therefore I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the Presidency is Democratic,” Musk tweeted.
In a separate tweet, he added that independents hold the power to determine the outcomes of elections.
“Hardcore Democrats or Republicans never vote for the other side, so independent voters are the ones who actually decide who’s in charge!” he tweeted.
After a torrent of reactions to his morning tweets, Musk posted again on Monday afternoon to clear the air on his voting history.
“To be clear, my historical party affiliation has been Independent, with an actual voting history of entirely Democrat until this year,” he wrote.
Musk has increased his engagement in the political sphere since he bought the platform, sparking a feud with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). He has attracted criticism for massive layoffs, which resulted in a class-action lawsuit being filed on Friday.
Musk also is the target of the House GOP, which asked him to release information about Twitter’s censorship of the New York Post’s 2020 story about Hunter Biden’s laptop. Musk has repeatedly expressed his support for Yoel Roth, Twitter’s senior director of safety and integrity, despite Roth’s involvement in suppressing stories on Hunter Biden ahead of the 2020 election .
“My sense is that he has high integrity, and we are all entitled to our political beliefs,” Musk tweeted on October 30th.
Independent voters may lean toward voting for Republicans due to Biden’s low approval ratings, high inflation, and rising crime rates. But some topics, such as abortion rights, may swing some independents to the Democrats’ side.