Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Friday blasted the Biden administration and Democrats on Twitter, because the world’s richest man doubled down on his vow to vote for Republicans.
Musk in a tweet accused the Biden administration of doing “everything it can to sideline” and ignore Tesla, regardless of its dominance within the electrical car trade.
Musk, who’s making an more and more fraught try to purchase Twitter for $44 billion, prompt Thursday that Democrats would goal him with a smear marketing campaign after he introduced that he would vote for GOP candidates.
“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,” Musk tweeted Thursday.
“Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold …,” he wrote, ending the tweet with a “popcorn” emoji.
Hours later Thursday, Business Insider printed a bombshell report detailing allegations that Musk uncovered his genitals to a non-public jet flight attendant as he requested her for a full physique therapeutic massage on a SpaceX flight to London. The report mentioned he supplied to purchase her a horse for her acquiescence to his purported sexual requests.
Musk denied the lady’s claims. Insider reported that they had been detailed in a written declaration from a good friend of hers, submitted to bolster a criticism the lady made to SpaceX’s human assets division.
But neither Musk nor SpaceX have denied Business Insider’s report that the aerospace agency he based and runs paid the lady $250,000 in severance in alternate for her silence after she complained about his alleged conduct.
Musk in a tweet wrote, “The attacks against me should be viewed through a political lens – this is their standard (despicable) playbook – but nothing will deter me from fighting for a good future and your right to free speech.”
On Thursday, after Musk tweeted that he anticipated a “dirty tricks campaign against me” following his announcement that he would vote Republican, the Democratic podcaster Jon Favreau fired again at Musk.
“Hey man, if you want to support a bunch of electric vehicle-hating climate deniers, that’s on you,” tweeted Favreau, who was a speechwriter to President Barack Obama.
“Not sure that it helps the cause that you and your team have dedicated much of your lives to, but I guess you’ll get some attention on Twitter, so there’s that!” Favreau wrote.
Musk replied Friday, writing, “Hi Jon! You’re a good dude, but obv die-hard Dem, so have to support the party, but this Adminstration has done everything it can to sideline & ignore Tesla, even though we have made twice as many EVs as rest of US industry combined.”
Earlier this week on the All In Summit in Miami, Musk mentioned he would classify himself “as a moderate, neither Republican or Democrat,” who “overwhelmingly” voted for Democrats prior to now.
“I might never have voted Republican. Now, this election? I will,” Musk mentioned on the occasion.
“The Democratic Party is overly controlled by the unions and the trial lawyers, particularly the class-action lawyers,” he mentioned.
Musk’s beef with the Biden administration goes again to August of final 12 months. He was not invited to President Joe Biden’s signing ceremony for an govt order that known as on automakers to promote extra electrical automobiles — however executives from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler had been.
“Yeah, seems odd that Tesla wasn’t invited,” Musk tweeted.
It was reported in February that Biden had no rapid plans to ask Musk to White House conferences with company leaders.
Musk advised CNBC in emails that very same month that Biden was ignoring Tesla in favor of giving consideration to legacy automakers.
“The notion of a feud is not quite right. Biden has pointedly ignored Tesla at every turn and falsely stated to the public that GM leads the electric car industry, when in fact Tesla produced over 300,000 electric vehicles last quarter and GM produced 26,” Musk mentioned within the electronic mail on the time.
Last month, Musk, GM CEO Mary Barra and different high auto executives met with senior Biden administration officers about electrical car charging stations.
— Additional reporting by Lora Kolodny and Brian Schwartz