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Elon Musk endorses GOP control of congress day before midterms

Elon Musk. (Suzanne Cordeiro/For the Austin American-Statesman/TNS)
November 07, 2022

Elon Musk tweeted out a call on Monday for independent voters to push control of Congress back to the Republicans, so as to counterbalance Democrat President Joe Biden.

Musk, who recently bought out Twitter, tweeted, “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.”

“Hardcore Democrats or Republicans never vote for the other side, so independent voters are the ones who actually decide who’s in charge!” Musk added.

Musk’s tweet comes the day before the 2022 midterm election day and less than two weeks after he bought out Twitter.

Even before buying out the platform, Musk had shared his opposition to the content moderation decisions made by Twitter’s past owners, including its permanent ban of former Republican President Donald Trump.

“Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots, or scam, spam accounts… I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump,” Musk said during Financial Times’ Future of the Car event earlier this year. “I think that was a mistake because it alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”

Since Musk’s takeover, at least three tweets from Biden’s White House account have also received fact-check labels.

Since Musk bought out Twitter, some of its users have begun to encourage users to move over to alternative social media platforms, such as Tribel — a social network created by Occupy Democrats co-founder Omar Rivero.