Elon Musk says he won’t donate to GOP nominee who takes on Biden in 2024

Tesla CEO Elon Musk told CNBC on Thursday that he has no plans to donate to super PACs in support of Republican candidates during the upcoming midterm elections or the presidential race in two years.

Musk, who tweeted on Wednesday that he would vote for the GOP for the first time in his life because the Democratic Party was one of “hatred and division,” said he will not be opening his checkbook for politicians.

“I have no plans to create a super PAC,” Musk told CNBC on Thursday.

When asked if he had anything planned to help GOP candidates in this fall’s midterm elections, Musk wrote: “No super PAC anything going on.”

Musk slammed the Democrats in a scathing tweet on Wednesday following weeks of heated debate over his planned Twitter takeover – with left-leaning pundits and lawmakers such as Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York among those who have voiced outrage over the world’s richest man buying the social media platform.

“In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party,” Musk said. “But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican.”

Musk has been a frequent critic of President Joe Biden, whom he slammed as ineffectual.
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“Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold …” he added.

That warning followed the revelation that Musk’s electric vehicle firm Tesla had lost its spot on the S&P index that tracks sustainable and socially conscious companies – a move that he attributed to retaliation from “phony social justice warriors.”

Musk’s latest tweet expanded on remarks he made earlier this week during an appearance on the “All In” podcast, when he revealed he planned to vote Republican in upcoming elections.

“I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, historically. Like I’m not sure, I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear,” Musk said.

“Now this election I will,” he added.

Musk slammed President Biden in the same podcast appearance, arguing he relies too heavily on a teleprompter and comparing him to “Anchorman” character Ron Burgundy.

Musk has faced mounting criticism over his bid to buy Twitter. At present, the $44 billion deal is on hold after Musk expressed concern about the extent of the social media platform’s bot problem.

Musk on Wednesday said he would vote for the GOP for the first time after branding the Democrats as a party of "hate and division." Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy are pictured above.
Musk on Wednesday said he would vote for the GOP for the first time after branding the Democrats as a party of “hate and division.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy are pictured above.
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Prominent critics, including some employees within the company, argue his emphasis on free speech and penchant for outspoken antics on Twitter will embolden sources of hateful or abusive content on the platform.

Ocasio-Cortez joined in on the attacks last month, tweeting that she was “tired of having to collectively stress about what explosion of hate crimes is happening bc some billionaire with an ego problem unilaterally controls a massive communication platform and skews it because Tucker Carlson or Peter Thiel took him to dinner and made him feel special.”

Musk quickly responded, writing “stop hitting on me, I’m really shy.”

The Tesla CEO has been more open about his political views as of late. On April 28, he shared a political cartoon illustrating his gradual shift to a right-of-center political leaning as elements of the Democratic party moved further left.

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