On occasion, his remarks have raised concerns that he has firmly established himself among right-wing conspiracy theorists. When he tweeted about the attack on Ms Pelosi’s husband, he shared the unsubstantiated claim that there was “a tiny possibility that there is more to this story than meets the eye “. He later deleted the tweet, which linked to an article from a fringe website.
He also said he would support Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida for president in 2024, although his endorsement was not particularly resounding. He simply replied “Yes” when someone on Twitter asked him. Mr. DeSantis, a hardline conservative, would be an odd choice for someone who claims to want centrist governance in Washington.
Mr Musk has always claimed that his concerns about Twitter’s former leadership centered on the ability of a small group of company employees he described as “far left” to censor content. And over the past week, he has encouraged tweets about internal communications before taking over. The communications, which were given to two writers who posted their findings on Twitter, calling them the Twitter Files, showed how the company decided what information was removed.
It’s been a mixed bag of revelations. Some showed how Twitter employees made it harder to read tweets from a Stanford University professor who warned of how Covid lockdowns could harm children – a view that many public health experts ended up agreeing long after the fact. Other documents show how more conventional, conspiracy-theoretic conservatives were shut down, like Dan Bongino, the radio host who was one of the biggest lie-amps about the 2020 election.
However, Mr. Musk has not claimed to have a deep commitment to Republican politics, which is consistent with his stance before taking over Twitter.
He was highly critical of climate change deniers and said he was proud of how Tesla forced the rest of the auto industry to embrace electric vehicles. In 2020, he revealed that he had spoken to Mr. Trump several times about the importance of sustainable energy development, which the former president rejected in favor of traditional fossil fuel sources. And Mr. Musk quit Mr. Trump’s business councils after the administration pulled out of the Paris climate accord.
In a 2020 interview with The New York Times, he described his politics as “in between.” “I am socially very liberal. And then economically right of center, maybe, or center. I do not know. Of course, I’m not a communist.