ELON Musk has thrown his weight behind the Republican campaign as Americans across the country turn to the polls for the midterm elections.
The billionaire and new owner of Twitter told his 110 million followers he opposed Joe Biden’s party – as the president made a final plea.
Musk urged “independent-minded voters” to heed his words when backing the Republican Party’s bid for Congress.
It is the first time that the head of a major social media platform has explicitly endorsed a US political party.
The tweet read, “Power sharing curbs the worst excesses of either party, so I recommend voting for a Republican Congress as the presidency is Democratic.”
Although Democrats currently control both houses, Republicans are now expected to win a majority in the House of Representatives.
Political pundits have viewed the Senate as fair game for both sides.
But it seems like Musk has decided to take matters into his own hands in hopes of encouraging Americans to vote today.
The die-hard free speech advocate has traditionally been an independent who voted for the Democrats — and hasn’t ruled out a return.
But he has slammed the Biden administration for its proposals to tax billionaires and give more tax incentives to unionized electric vehicles.
It was a direct blow to the Tesla boss as his US factories have no unions.
In a follow-up tweet, the SpaceX founder added, “Hardcore Democrats or Republicans never vote for the other side, so independent voters are the ones who actually decide who’s in charge!”
Republicans could use a majority in both houses to stall Biden’s agenda and launch potentially politically damaging investigations into Biden’s government and family.
They claim the public is weary of his policies amid rising inflation and concerns about crime.
However, the president kept his cool after making his final appeals to voters on Monday, insisting his party would “surprise the living devil out of many people.”
At an evening rally in Maryland, he warned: “We know in our bones that our democracy is in danger.”
The Democrats are keen to remain in power, fearing the opposition will undo their work to date.
It appears that Biden has chosen to focus on his party’s strengths rather than weaknesses by visiting strongholds during the campaign.
He said he was confident Democrats would win the Senate but admitted he thinks “the House is tougher”.
The president hinted that the reality of a Republican victory would make the country “more difficult” to govern.
He is expected to look at the results from the White House on Tuesday night.
Despite his large audience, pundits have claimed Elon Musk’s comments could affect the outcome of the election.
Kyle Kondik of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics said, “It’s hard to expect any sort of celebrity ‘endorsement’, as it basically does, to have much or no impact on voter behavior.”
But former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich described Musk’s comments as “very encouraging.”
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