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Elon Musk speaks at the Washington Convention Centre in April. Photo: AFP

Elon Musk says he ‘can no longer support’ Democrats, will vote Republican

  • The Tesla CEO says the Democrats used to be ‘the kindness party’, but have become the ‘party of division and hate’
  • Musk has been a vocal critic of Joe Biden and Democrats for their proposals to tax billionaires, and has said he would reverse Twitter’s ban on Trump
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Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk said on Wednesday that while he voted for Democrats in the past, he will now vote for Republicans.

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

“Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold,” said Musk, the world’s richest man, who has agreed to buy Twitter Inc.

The 50-year-old billionaire recently said he would reverse Twitter’s ban on former US president Donald Trump, a Republican, when he buys the social media platform.

He also said Twitter is far-left-biased because it is headquartered in California, a state known for its progressive politics.

Musk has been a vocal critic of the Biden administration and Democrats for their proposals to tax billionaires and give more tax incentives to union-made electric vehicles.

Tesla does not have unions at its US factories.


Last year, Tesla, which counts California as its biggest market in the United States, moved its headquarters from California to the more politically conservative Texas.

Musk says he would reverse Twitter ban on Trump

Musk moved his personal residence from California to Texas, where there is no state income tax.

He has sold about US$25 billion worth of Tesla stock since last year to pay taxes and finance his proposed acquisition of Twitter.

Analysts said the sales helped him cash in on Tesla’s stock rally and diversify his wealth.