Elon Musk’s elusive politics

Mr Musk objected when politicians tried to describe his views as aligned with theirs, insisting he would prefer to leave politics to others, despite abundant evidence on Twitter to the contrary. When Mr. Abbott last year advocated a strict anti-abortion law that made the procedure virtually illegal in Texas by citing Mr. Musk’s support — “Elon has constantly told me he likes social policies in Texas,” the governor said — he pushed Mr. Musk back.

He replied, “In general, I think that government seldom ought to impose its will upon people, and in doing so, ought to aspire to maximizing their cumulative happiness.” on Twitter. “However, I prefer to stay out of politics.”

If so, he often can’t help himself. He harasss political figures who have taken a stand that disagrees with him or who seem to have mocked him. Mr. Musk responded to Senator Elizabeth Warren afterwards She said To pay more in income taxes It was“Please don’t call my director, Senator Karen.”

After a fan of Mr. Musk noted on Twitter that President Biden did not congratulate SpaceX on the successful completion of a private spaceflight last fall, Mr. Musk responded with a blow reminiscent of Mr. Trump’s derisive nickname “Sleepy Joe.”

He replied, “He is still asleep.” Several days later, he criticized the Biden administration as “not friendly” and accused it of being under the control of labor unions. These comments came a few weeks after he insisted that he preferred to stay out of politics.

Few issues infuriated him as much as the coronavirus restrictions, which have crippled Tesla’s manufacturing operations in California and pushed him closer to his decision last year to move the company’s headquarters to Texas. However, the move was very symbolic because Tesla still has its main factory in the San Francisco Bay Area, in the suburb of Fremont, California, and a large office in Palo Alto.

Over the course of the pandemic, Mr. Musk’s episodes have flared up dramatically when state and local governments have overwhelmed him with stay-at-home orders. He initially defied local regulations that closed his Tesla factory in Fremont. He described the shutdowns as “forcibly imprisoning people in their homes” and posted a rallying cry tinged with liberation on Twitter: “America is free now.” He threatened to sue Alameda County for the shutdown before he could soften.

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