Elon Musk is one of the most influential individuals in contemporary American culture and politics. He has the swagger, insightfulness, deep pockets, and as a result of his commitment to freedom, currently a cautious celebrity figure on the political right.
Musk isn’t beholden to a political party, having voted Democrat his entire life based on the false premise that they were the “party of kindness” but not drunk enough on the woke Kool-Aid to vote blindly one way forever. He continues to insist he values ideas and values, particularly free speech, and now sees Democrats as just mean and corrupt.
In fact, having awoken to the fact that Democrats are tyrants and that wokeness “is a prevalent mind virus, and arguably one of the biggest threats to modern civilization,” he’s made it clear he intends to vote Republican for the first time ever this year.
On that promise, in fact, he’s already made good, casting a recent vote for Mayra Flores in a Texas primary.
After tweeting his vote for Flores and a larger political conversation ensued, one handle followed up and asked him: What are you leaning towards? In reply, Elon Musk might have considerably shaken up the entire GOP landscape for the next two years:
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 15, 2022
Time will tell how the presidential primaries shake out within the Republican Party, but this tweet cannot be ignored for the impact it will have. Musk has his own ideas, to be sure, but he is also good at reading the room.
Interestingly, while it is nearly unanimous that Donald Trump saved America (we wrote about this right after Election Day 2020), there is also no shortage of conservative voters that can simultaneously lionize the man and have a different vision for the immediate future of the entire MAGA movement.
Some voters worry about what would essentially amount to a lame-duck term should Trump run and win. Others point out that while Trump is a great visionary, DeSantis shares his bombastic retorts for corrupt media and politics, perhaps in a more deft tone, and with the additional bonus of having executive experience. There is then the fact that Donald Trump carries a lot of baggage, especially as it relates to the end of his term. Fair or not, the aggressive and savage media narratives would make it hard for him to overcome certain voter tendencies.
One such outlet noting these concerns, as they were, was the Daily Wire. After reading their article, I was astounded to see that every top comment was in favor of running DeSantis over Trump. I can’t think of anyone who would be disappointed in backing him, but I also expected to at least see someone identify a decent reason for Trump to get back in there. At least on the Daily Wire comment board, that voice eluded me.
The Daily Wire shared this about Musk:
“Musk has taken shots at big government in the past, which is the core theme of the Democrat Party. “It does not make sense to take the job of capital allocation away from people with a demonstrated great skill in capital allocation and give it to an entity that has demonstrated very poor skill in capital allocation,” Musk told The Wall Street Journal. “Think of the government essentially as a corporation in the limit. The government is simply the biggest corporation, with a monopoly on violence and where you have no recourse.”
Musk has repeatedly gone after the political Left in recent years for a variety of issues ranging from policy to wokeness.
“[Wokeness] is a prevalent mind virus, and arguably one of the biggest threats to modern civilization,” Musk said late last year. “At its heart, wokeness is divisive, exclusionary, and hateful. It basically gives mean people a reason, it gives them a shield to be mean and cruel, armored in false virtue.””
Hailey Sanibel fiercely loves freedom. She equally detests evil and stupidity, both of which are out of control in the modern world. She is a regular contributor at The Blue State Conservative.