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Tesla CEO Elon Musk criticized Biden and Democrats on Twitter

Tesla CEO Elon Musk criticized the Biden administration and Democrats on Friday, when the world’s richest man doubled down on his pledge to vote Republican.

In a tweet, Musk accused the Biden administration of doing “everything it can to sideline” and ignore Tesla despite its dominance of the electric vehicle industry.

Musk, who is making an increasingly difficult $44 billion bid, suggested on Thursday that Democrats would target him with a smear campaign after announcing he would vote for Republican candidates.

“I used to vote for the Democrats because they were (mostly) the goodness party. But they have become a party of discord and hatred, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican, ”Musk wrote on Thursday.

“Now watch their dirty campaign unfold against me…,” he wrote, ending the tweet with a “popcorn” emoji.

Hours later on Thursday, Business Insider released a high-profile report detailing claims that Musk showed his genitals to a private jet stewardess when he asked her for a full body massage on a SpaceX flight bound for London. The report says that he offered to buy a horse for her in order to agree to his alleged sexual demands.

Musk denied the woman’s claims. The insider said they were detailed in a written statement by her friend submitted in support of a complaint the woman filed with SpaceX Human Resources.

But neither Musk nor SpaceX denied a Business Insider report that the aerospace company he founded and heads paid a woman $250,000 in severance pay in exchange for her silence after she broke down after complaining about his alleged behavior. .

Musk wrote in a tweet: “Attacking me should be viewed through a political prism – this is their standard (despicable) course of action – but nothing will stop me from fighting for a good future and your right to freedom of expression.

On Thursday, after Musk tweeted that he expected a “dirty talk campaign against me” following his announcement that he would vote Republican, Democratic podcaster Jon Favreau responded to Musk.

“Hey man, if you want to support a group of climate deniers who hate electric cars, it’s up to you,” wrote Favreau, President Barack Obama’s speechwriter.

“I’m not sure if this will help the cause that you and your team have dedicated so much of your life to, but I think you will draw attention to, so there you go!” writes Favreau.

Musk responded on Friday by writing: “Hi John! You are a nice guy but obviously a diehard Democrat so you should support the party but this administration has done everything possible to sideline and ignore Tesla even though we have produced twice as many electric vehicles as the rest of the US industry combined taken. ”

Earlier this week at the All In summit in Miami, Musk said he would classify himself as “a moderate, not a Republican or a Democrat” who has voted “overwhelmingly” Democrat in the past.

“Perhaps I would never have voted Republican. Now, these elections? I will,” Musk said at the event.

“The Democratic Party is too controlled by unions and trial attorneys, especially class action lawyers,” he said.

Musk’s dispute with the Biden administration began in August last year. He was not invited to President Joe Biden’s signing of an executive order urging automakers to sell more electric vehicles, but executives from General Motors, Ford and Chrysler were.

“Yes, it seems strange that Tesla was not invited,” Musk wrote.

In February, it was reported that Biden had no plans to invite Musk to White House meetings with business leaders anytime soon.

That same month, Musk told CNBC via email that Biden was ignoring Tesla in favor of older automakers.

“The concept of a quarrel is not entirely correct. Biden pointedly ignored Tesla at every turn and falsely reported to the public that GM was leading the electric vehicle industry, when in fact Tesla produced over 300,000 electric vehicles last quarter and GM produced 26 more,” Musk said in an email.

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

– Additional reporting by Laura Kolodna with Brian Schwartz

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