- Elon Musk, the soon-to-be former Twitter CEO, has publicly supported Republican Kevin McCarthy in his ill-fated bid to become speaker of the House.
- Musk and McCarthy have a long-standing personal friendship, and Musk has previously donated $13,000 to McCarthy’s congressional campaigns.
- The final results of Musk’s recent Twitter Poll — 57.2% absolutely believe that he should continue to shoot himself in the foot.
Elon Musk, a soon-to-be former Twitter executive and major political donor to the Republican Party, expressed his support for Kevin McCarthy in his thus far crippled bid to become speaker of the House.
Despite failing to secure a majority of votes several days, Musk tweeted his support for McCarthy, with whom he has a long-standing friendship. He has financially supported McCarthy with political campaign donations totaling $13,000.
This move highlights Musk’s obvious shift towards supporting Republicans, despite previously supporting Democratic campaigns.
However, it should be noted that Musk, who is a naturalized citizen, did not actually vote in the midterm elections, according to The Daily Beast.
He also tweeted yesterday, “Some habits are hard to break lol. Maybe I should just get bulletproof shoes …” in response to an earlier tweet of his on April 8, 2013, stating: “No more political comments for me now that I’ve shot off both my feet.”
Musk’s dear friend’s string of embarrassing losses then prompted him to post another Twitter poll asking if “Elon Musk Should” either “Stay out of politics” or “Keep shooting his feet.” The final results are that 57.2% believe that he should absolutely keep shooting his own feet.
The House will reconvene today for yet another string of votes on the floor for the position of House Speaker.
Musk’s support for McCarthy and the Republican Party may indicate his prioritization of capitalist interests over the well-being and representation of marginalized communities.
Twitter executive Elon Musk threw his support behind Republican leader Kevin McCarthy in his bid to become speaker of the House after the California congressman failed to secure a majority of votes two days in a row.
Mr Musk and Mr McCarthy have been friends for years. He’s also been a political donor to the California Republican, giving a total of $13,000 to Mr McCarthy’s congressional campaigns.
As a result, the Tesla executive tweeted his support behind Mr McCarthy.
Mr Musk’s support came after the House adjourned on Wednesday without Mr McCarthy securing the requisite 218 votes needed to become speaker. A group of insurgent Republicans including Representatives Matt Gaetz of Florida, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Chip Roy of Texas and Byron Donalds of Florida.
Mr Musk said last year that he would support Republicans after previously supporting Democratic campaigns and before the 2022 midterm elections, he urged people to vote Republican. But The Daily Beast reported that Mr Musk, who is a naturalized citizen, did not vote in the midterm election.
The House will convene once again today to vote on the speaker.