Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, blasted the Biden administration and Democrats on Twitter on Friday, reiterating his pledge to vote for Republicans.
Despite its dominance in the electric vehicle industry, Musk accused the Biden administration of doing “everything it can to sideline” and ignore Tesla in a tweet.
Musk, who is attempting to buy Twitter for $44 billion in an increasingly risky deal, suggested on Thursday that Democrats would launch a smear campaign against him after he announced that he would vote for Republican candidates.
“I used to vote Democrat because they were (mostly) the party of kindness. “However, they have become the party of division and hatred, so I am unable to support them and will vote Republican,” Musk tweeted on Thursday.
“Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold…,” he wrote, adding a “popcorn” emoji to the end of the tweet.
Musk allegedly exposed his genitals to a private jet flight attendant while asking for a full body massage on a SpaceX flight to London, according to a bombshell report published by Business Insider hours later Thursday. According to the report, he offered to buy her a horse in exchange for her consent to his alleged sexual advances.
Musk dismissed the woman’s allegations. They were detailed in a written declaration from a friend submitted to bolster a complaint the woman made to SpaceX’s human resources department, according to Insider.
However, neither Musk nor SpaceX has denied Business Insider’s report that the aerospace company he founded and runs paid the woman $250,000 in severance after she complained about his alleged behavior.
“The attacks against me should be viewed through a political lens – this is their standard (despicable) playbook,” Musk wrote in a tweet, “but nothing will stop me from fighting for a better future and your right to free speech.”
Following Musk’s announcement that he would vote Republican, Democratic podcaster Jon Favreau fired back at Musk on Thursday, saying he expected a “dirty tricks campaign against me.”
“Hey man, it’s on you if you want to support a bunch of electric vehicle-hating climate deniers,” Favreau, who was a speechwriter for former President Barack Obama, tweeted.
“I’m not sure it helps the cause to which you and your team have devoted so much of your lives, but I guess you’ll get some Twitter attention, so there’s that!” Favreau composed.
“Hello Jon!” Musk wrote on Friday. You’re a nice guy, but you’re a Democrat, so you have to support the party, but this administration has done everything it can to marginalize and dismiss Tesla, despite the fact that we’ve produced twice as many electric vehicles than the rest of the US industry combined.”
Musk claimed earlier this week at the All-In Summit in Miami that he considers himself a “moderate, neither Republican nor Democrat,” and that he had “overwhelmingly” voted for Democrats in the past.
“I’m not sure I’d ever vote Republican. What about this election? At the occasion, Musk stated, “I will.”
“Unions and trial lawyers, particularly class-action lawyers, have too much sway over the Democratic Party,” he stated.
The White House declined to comment right away.
Musk has had a squabble with the Biden administration since August of last year. President Joe Biden did not invite him to the signing ceremony for an executive order requiring automakers to sell more electric vehicles, but executives from GM, Ford, and Chrysler were.
Musk wrote, “Yeah, seems odd that Tesla wasn’t invited.”
In February, it was reported that Biden had no plans to invite Musk to White House talks with business executives.
In emails sent the same month, Musk claimed that Biden was ignoring Tesla in favor of traditional automakers.
“The concept of a feud is incorrect. “Biden has consistently ignored Tesla at every turn, falsely claiming that GM dominates the electric car business when, in fact, Tesla produced over 300,000 electric vehicles last quarter while GM produced only 26,” Musk noted in an email at the time.
Musk, GM CEO Mary Barra, and other top auto CEOs met with senior Biden administration officials last month to discuss charging stations for electric vehicles.