Elon Musk on Monday called on Americans to vote for the Republican Party in the midterm elections on Tuesday, in the name of the balance between executive and legislative powers. These elections should make it possible to renew all the seats in the House of Representatives, more than a third of the Senate and around thirty governorships. Elon Musk, also Tesla boss, posted a message on Twitter. “To independent-minded voters: shared power limits the worst excesses of both parties, therefore I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the presidency is a Democrat”he wrote to his 114 million subscribers.
Elon Musk’s support is strong support for Republicans as Democrats prepare for a perilous midterm election in the United States on Tuesday. They could lose at least one of the two chambers of Congress, which risks weakening an already weakened Joe Biden a little more while putting Donald Trump fully back in the saddle for the next presidential election in 2024. The Republicans currently have 50 senators, i.e. as many as the Democrats who however control the upper house via the additional vote of Vice-President Kamala Harris, and they therefore only need to take back a seat from their opponents to regain a majority there.
After a fierce campaign centered on inflation, Republicans are growing more confident
in their chances of completely overthrowing Congress. That is to say not only to take the House of Representatives, which is the classic scenario in “midterms”, but also to wrest Joe Biden’s slim control of the Senate. The party now openly dreams of a “red wave” – the color of the preservatives. Organized two years after the presidential election, these elections de facto become a referendum on the occupant of the White House, which very rarely escapes the sanction vote.
A politicization of Twitter?
This vote recommendation from Elon Musk will not fail to fuel concerns among Americans who fear a possible political use of the social network by the billionaire. The boss of Tesla and SpaceX promised that Twitter would remain politically neutral and that all opinions could be expressed there.