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Tesla boss Elon Musk blasts Biden, Democrats on Twitter


Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Friday blasted the Biden administration and Democrats on Twitter, because the world’s richest person doubled down on his vow to vote for Republicans.

Musk in a tweet accused the Biden administration of doing “all the pieces it will probably to sideline” and ignore Tesla, despite its dominance in the electrical vehicle industry.

Musk, who’s making an increasingly fraught try to buy Twitter for $44 billion, suggested Thursday that Democrats would goal him with a smear campaign after he announced that he would vote for GOP candidates.

“Up to now I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party. But they’ve turn out to be the party of division & hate, so I can not support them and can 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 published a bombshell report detailing allegations that Musk exposed his genitals to a personal jet flight attendant as he asked her for a full body massage on a SpaceX flight to London. The report said he offered to purchase her a horse for her acquiescence to his purported sexual requests.

Musk denied the lady’s claims. Insider reported that they were detailed in a written declaration from a friend of hers, submitted to bolster a criticism the lady made to SpaceX’s human resources department.

But neither Musk nor SpaceX have denied Business Insider’s report that the aerospace firm he founded and runs paid the lady $250,000 in severance in exchange for her silence after she complained about his alleged conduct.

Musk in a tweet wrote, “The attacks against me needs to be viewed through a political lens – that is their standard (despicable) playbook – but nothing will deter me from fighting for future and your right to free speech.”

On Thursday, after Musk tweeted that he expected a “dirty tricks campaign against me” following his announcement that he would vote Republican, Democratic podcaster Jon Favreau fired back at Musk.

“Hey man, if you should support a bunch of electrical vehicle-hating climate deniers, that is on you,” tweeted Favreau, who was a speechwriter for former President Barack Obama.

“Unsure that it helps the cause that you simply and your team have dedicated much of your lives to, but I assume you will get some attention on Twitter, so there’s that!” Favreau wrote.

Musk replied Friday, writing, “Hi Jon! You are dude, but obv die-hard Dem, so should support the party, but this Adminstration has done all the pieces it will probably to sideline & ignore Tesla, regardless that we’ve got made twice as many EVs as remainder of US industry combined.”

Earlier this week on the All-In Summit in Miami, Musk said he would classify himself “as a moderate, neither Republican or Democrat,” who “overwhelmingly” voted for Democrats up to now.

“I would never have voted Republican. Now, this election? I’ll,” Musk said on the event.

“The Democratic Party is overly controlled by the unions and the trial lawyers, particularly the class-action lawyers,” he said.

Musk’s beef with the Biden administration goes back to August of last yr. He was not invited to President Joe Biden’s signing ceremony for an executive order that called on automakers to sell more electric vehicles — but executives from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler were.

“Yeah, seems odd that Tesla wasn’t invited,” Musk tweeted.

It was reported in February that Biden had no immediate plans to ask Musk to White House meetings with corporate leaders.

Musk told CNBC in emails that very same month that Biden was ignoring Tesla in favor of giving attention to legacy automakers.

“The notion of a feud is just not quite right. Biden has pointedly ignored Tesla at every turn and falsely stated to the general public that GM leads the electrical automotive industry, when actually Tesla produced over 300,000 electric vehicles last quarter and GM produced 26,” Musk said in the e-mail on the time.

Last month, Musk, GM CEO Mary Barra and other top auto executives met with senior Biden administration officials about electric vehicle charging stations.

— Additional reporting by CNBC’s Lora Kolodny and Brian Schwartz

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