Celebrities, liberals, and media members are voicing their frustration with billionaire Elon Musk after his significant donation to a political organization loyal to the Republican Party was uncovered.
Despite considering himself a “socialist” and supporting many liberal views, Musk’s critics blasted him for seemingly being a hypocrite on issues such as climate change.
By the way, I am actually a socialist. Just not the kind that shifts resources from most productive to least productive, pretending to do good, while actually causing harm. True socialism seeks greatest good for all.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 16, 2018
What’s the background?
According to election filings published by ProPublica, Musk donated $33,900 last quarter to Protect the House, a PAC dedicated to maintaining Republican control of the House.
The PAC raised more than $8 million in the second quarter, data shows. Robert McNair, owner of the NFL’s Houston Texans, and businessman Sheldon Adelson were the PAC’s largest donors, each contributing $371,500.
What did Musk’s critics say?
They alleged Musk’s donation proves he is not an ally of progressive causes, and instead shows he is a closeted conservative.
Nice to know the person responsible for making electric cars is able to divorce himself from climate change by donating to the very people who deny its existence. I traded my Tesla in last week after my friend’s Tesla caught on fire, so I saved a trip https://t.co/rDqiERd8qt
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) July 14, 2018
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) July 14, 2018
One journalist, a senior correspondent for Vanity Fair, tweeted that he cancelled his Tesla order over Musk’s donation. The tweet was later deleted.
Tricking libs into buying fossil fuel burning cars to own the libs pic.twitter.com/xLQID12GlX
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) July 14, 2018
Others said they were selling their Tesla stock.
Just sold my @Tesla stock.
— Zach Hunter (@zachjhunter) July 14, 2018
come monday i’m selling the tesla stock i own. it’s not a big deal or statement it’s just that i can’t enjoy spending on cornballs🤷🏼♂️. the future of mankind just isn’t that important.
— el-p (@therealelp) July 15, 2018
How did Musk respond to the outrage?
He denied the characterization that he is a “top donor” to the GOP.
Reports that I am a top donor to GOP are categorically false. I am not a top donor to any political party.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 15, 2018
He further clarified that he is not a member of either major political party, but he donates to both to maintain an “open dialogue.”
“To be clear, I am not a conservative. Am registered independent & politically moderate. Doesn’t mean I’m moderate about all issues. Humanitarian issues are extremely important to me & I don’t understand why they are not important to everyone,” Musk wrote.
“That said, I do not actually see the checks (changed that policy today). A nominal annual amount goes out automatically to both parties to maintain dialogue. I have given vastly more to humanitarian causes,” he added.