Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he plans to vote for Republican candidates in the upcoming elections for the first time.
Musk, who has hinted he may opt out of his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, told the All-In Summit podcast that he had voted “overwhelmingly” for Democrats in the past.
But the world’s richest man told the podcast he would now turn his support to the GOP.
“I’ve historically voted heavily for Democrats. Like I’m not sure, I would never have voted for Republicans, just to be clear,” Musk said on Monday’s show.
He said again: “Now I will make this choice.”
It was unclear whether the South African native, who said he was neither a Democrat nor a Republican, was referring to the upcoming midterm elections or the 2024 presidential elections.
During the podcast, Musk compared President Biden to Ron Burgundy, the bubbling protagonist in the hit film “Anchorman,” played by Will Ferrell.
“The real president is the one who controls the teleprompter,” Musk said. “The path of power is the path of the teleprompter.”
The story of “Anchorman” revolves around Burgundy, a television news anchor who will read everything thrown at the teleprompter – even at the risk of destroying his career.
“I feel like if someone accidentally leans on the teleprompter, it’s going to be like ‘Anchorman,'” Musk quipped.
Mogul also hit out at the Biden administration, which Musk called lacking any significant achievement.
“This administration doesn’t seem to be doing much,” Musk said. “The Trump administration, leaving Trump aside, there were a lot of people in the administration who were effective at getting things done.”
Musk further said that the Democratic Party is “highly controlled by unions and trial lawyers, particularly class-action lawyers.”
He said that when Democrats act against the “interest of the people,” it is at the behest of unions and litigation lawyers, while Republicans do so out of “corporate evil and religious zeal.”
Musk said Biden is being held captive by unions – unlike Barack Obama, who according to the tech magnate was “fairly reasonable.”
“In Biden’s case, he is heavily captured by the unions, which was not the case with Obama,” Musk said.
Musk has pledged to change Twitter’s content moderation policy, saying the site has “very far-left bias.”
If he completes the acquisition of the company, Musk says Twitter “won’t be subject to a right-wing takeover as those on the left might fear” and that he plans to make it a “medium-wing takeover.”