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When Elon Musk made his deal to buy the social media giant Twitter in April he spoke out on social media against censorship and the blocking of users by the platform.
The $43.4 million dollar deal seems to have been the catalyst for Musk turning a corner politically and morally.
Musk, who says he has previously voted Democrat, has changed his mind about the Democratic Party in the U.S. and is now leaning toward the more conservative, Republican view.
“In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party,” Musk said. “But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican. Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold.”
Musk seems to have become gradually become disenchanted with liberals and the direction that the new ‘wokeness’ prescribes.
In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party.
But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican.
Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold … 🍿
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 18, 2022
The tech billionaire voted Republican for the first time casting his ballot for Republican Texas Representative-elect Mayra Flores in Tuesday’s special election and hinted his support for Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as a potential candidate in the 2024 presidential election, Daily Caller reported.
In an email to his Tesla AND SpaceX employees this past month, Musk ordered all Tesla employees to spend a minimum of 40 hours a week in the office or depart the company if they wish to work remotely, arguing that senior managers being present at the office is essential to the company’s success.
“If you don’t show up, we will assume you have resigned,” Musk wrote.
“The more senior you are, the more visible must be your presence,” Musk continued.
“That is why I lived in the factory so much – so that those on the line could see me working alongside them. If I had not done that, Tesla would long ago have gone bankrupt.”
It looks like Musk is stepping up to leadership in his companies, taking responsibility for setting goals and rules for his employees that he knows will benefit the company that he himself built, and wants to succeed.
In a May 19 tweet, Musk warned of the “woke mind virus” destroying civilization after claiming he would be politically attacked in coming months, Daily Caller wrote.
“Just curious…what is your motivation to become politically active?” social media user the Angry Astronaut asked. “Why make yourself a target? You are trying to get mankind to Mars and alert the public to the danger of Al. Why sabotage these worthwhile goals by wading into political controversy? Is it worth it?”
“Unless it is stopped, the woke mind virus will destroy civilization and humanity will never reached (sic) Mars,” Musk replied.
Unless it is stopped, the woke mind virus will destroy civilization and humanity will never reached Mars
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 19, 2022
Musk has challenged the ‘woke’ ideas on social media.
“I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare,” he tweeted in 2020.
“We are simultaneously being told that gender differences do not exist and that genders are so profoundly different that irreversible surgery is the only option,” Musk tweeted earlier this month in response to a review of the documentary. “Perhaps someone wiser than me can explain this dichotomy.”
Musk’s outspoken challenge for ‘wokeness’ to explain itself is resulting in personal rifts.
Musk has a conflict in his own family concerning gender identity, as his son Xavier Musk has recently filed a petition in California to receive a new birth certificate with a different gender from the original as well as a new name; Vivian Jenna Wilson.
Musk’s 18-year-old son’s mother is Musk’s ex-wife, Canadian Justine Wilson.
“Gender Identity and the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form,” the younger Musk gave as his reason for wanting a name change, according to Newsweek.
Musk for his part seems to be keeping political differences aside when it comes to his family.
On Father’s Day, this past Sunday, he tweeted in regard to the unconditional love he has for his children.
I love all my kids so much
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 19, 2022
Now, Musk’s stated plan to downsize his companies due to the economy is beginning, and liberals are not going to like that the ‘woke’ employees are included in the downsizing initiative.
In the last month, Musk stated that he wanted to cut about 10% of salaried employees at Tesla, due to Musk’s ‘super bad feeling’ about the U.S. economy, Reuters reported.
A message sent Thursday to executives at Musk’s company laid out his concerns and told them to “pause all hiring worldwide”.
Now, Tesla has reportedly laid off the president of the LGBTQ+ community and a diversity volunteer leader Monday just one month after CEO Elon Musk warned of the “woke mind virus,” Daily Caller wrote.
The company let go of the LGBTQ+ volunteer president Bobby Berretta-Paris who worked at the company for five years, sources told Electrek.
According to Electrek, Berretta-Paris’ exit followed a series of layoffs by the company.
Other layoffs include a software engineer and four-year veteran involved in the diversity program last week, who had previously been promoted three times, according to the outlet.