Elon Musk has compared US President Joe Biden to Anchorman and said he will vote Republican in “this election” despite historically being a Democratic voter.
The billionaire tech founder said Biden was like of the presenter Ron Burgundy, who loses his job as a newscaster because he doesn’t have the ability to improvise, during the All-in tech conference in Miami on Monday.
“The real president is the one who controls the teleprompter. The path to power is the path to the teleprompter,” Musk said at the conference via Zoom.
“I feel like if someone accidentally leaned on the teleprompter, it would be like Anchorman.”
The supposedly richest man in the world continued to attack Biden’s support for unions, saying the Democratic administration seemed less able than its predecessor to “do much.”
“It’s just too captured by the unions, which was not the case with Obama,” said Musk, who did not clarify what was not being “done.”
Although he voted “overwhelmingly” for Democrats in past elections, Musk said he would not be in favor of “this election” and that Republicans would get his vote.
“Historically, I have voted overwhelmingly Democrat,” Musk said. “I’m not sure, I may have never voted for a Republican, just to be clear. Now this election I will do it”.
He did not clarify whether he was referring to the midterm elections in November this year or the next presidential election in 2024. Well-informed person reported Tuesday.
The SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO went on to label Twitter “far to the left.” He is trying to buy the platform for $44 billion (£35 billion).
Musk said it would not be “a right-wing takeover as people on the left may fear,” but rather a “moderate wing takeover” that would create a “digital plaza.”
The billionaire said people on the social media site would also be able to speak more freely “without fear of being banned or banned in the shadows” under his ownership.
Musk has previously complained that the social media platform limits “freedom of expression” and said he would allow former US President Donald Trump to return to the site.
On Tuesday, Musk said he would not go ahead with the Twitter purchase if the company couldn’t prove that spam bot accounts make up less than five percent of its total users.
It came after he suggested he would buy the company at a lower price than had already been agreed upon, and sent a poop emoji to Twitter’s chief executive. Negotiations are ongoing.