Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk said on Monday that “independent-minded” people should vote for a Republican Congress.
“Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties, therefore I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the Presidency is Democratic,” the world’s richest man wrote in his tweet account Monday, only hours before the midterm elections.
“Hardcore Democrats or Republicans never vote for the other side, so independent voters are the ones who actually decide who’s in charge!,” Musk posted in a follow-up tweet.
Musk’s tweets have come under scrutiny since he acquired Twitter last month for $44 billion.
As his critics believe Musk’s stance on free speech will increase misinformation on Twitter, some advertisers have pulled spending from the platform.
A Republican-controlled Congress with a Democratic president would make it less likely for major changes impacting tech platforms to become law.
Last April Musk tweeted that the platform must be politically neutral in order to maintain the public’s trust, however in recent days has hit back at many of his critics, among them some Democrats, and replied favorably to prominent conservative media figures.
The Tesla CEO, who has also been at odds with the Joe Biden White House, has said he was leaning towards supporting Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis for president in 2024.
Musk, who frequently comments on U.S. politics, previously said that he backs moderates of both major political parties.