US midterm elections
Elon Musk campaigns for Republicans before Midterms – and issues a clear warning
For a long time, Elon Musk has kept a low profile when it comes to the midterms. Now the new Twitter boss is making a clear choice recommendation for the Republicans – and warns of a loss of the “balance of power”.
Since Elon Musk has taken over Twitter, it seems as if the multi-billionaire wants to become his own best customer. While many are horrified by his radical changes and layoffs and more and more advertisers are turning away from the short message service, the richest man in the world is blowing one message after another out into the network. There is hardly a topic on which Musk has no opinion.
In the past four days, the tech billionaire had the well-known US comedian Kathy Griffin blocked and fought word duels with him Twitter-Co-founder Jack Dorsey. He made masturbation jokes on a competing — and much smaller — social media platform and posted a tweet citing a quote from a white nationalist, which he later deleted. And he defended his purchase of the platform, including the reasons he laid off 50 percent of the company’s employees. All in all, Musk has himself in his profile first referred to as “Chief Twit,” before later changing the description to “Twitter Complaint Hotline Operator,” according to a Memetica analysis as of Friday tweeted more than 105 times.
So now politics.
Elon Musk makes election recommendation for Republicans
One day before the important midterms, Musk makes an election recommendation for the Republicans. “Shared power reins in the worst excesses of either party,” he tweeted on Monday. “That’s why I recommend voting for a Republican Congress because the presidency is Democratic.” The 51-year-old added, “Die-hard Democrats or republican“would never vote for the other party anyway. That’s why it’s independent voters who will decide on future majorities.
“Like most people in America, I agree with some of the Democratic policies and some of the Republican policies, but not all,” Musk continued in a lengthy thread. “However, if the executive and legislature are dominated by *one* party, we lose the balance of power.” In the congressional elections on Tuesday, President Joe Biden’s Democrats are threatened with losing their majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives to the Republicans of ex-head of state Donald Trump.
The head of Tesla and SpaceX had already declared in May that he had voted for the Democrats in previous elections, but would vote for the Republicans from now on. At the time, the richest man in the world explained that the Democrats had become a “party of division and hatred” and that he “can no longer support them”.
Twitter under fire since Musk takeover
After a long back and forth, the quarrelsome multi-billionaire bought Twitter for 44 billion dollars (around 44.2 billion euros) at the end of October. Months earlier, he had already announced that ex-President Donald, who was banned from Twitter after the Capitol storm on January 6, 2021 Trump wanting to leave behind on the platform. However, Trump stated that he did not want to return at all.
In addition, critics fear that Musk will stop fighting the Spreading hate speech and fake news could drastically limit on Twitter. Following his takeover of the platform, right-wing and far-right figures have gained followers, while more progressive profiles have lost followers. A network analysis by the renowned “Tufts University” also sees clear signs that extremist accounts are becoming more active under Musk.
Those fears are fueled by the firing of around half the Twitter workforce over the past week.