Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk once described his political ideology as “somewhere in the middle, socially liberal and fiscally conservative.” However, his latest move is raising eyebrows everywhere.
The super successful SpaceX and Tesla founder has recently made a donation of $33,900 to a Super PAC called Protect the House, which aims to maintain a GOP-led Congress. ProPublica reported that this Super PAC has raised $8.6 million in Q2 of 2018 for Republicans who are looking to keep Democrats out.
Musk had made this donation to Protect the House on June 5th, and he is accompanied by other top donors such as billionaire Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson and Houston Texans owner Robert McNair. While many would expect pro-GOP donations from both Adelson and McNair, seeing Musk’s name alongside these donors is a surprise and honestly, a shock.
Musk’s donations to Protect the House are significantly less than the donations Adelson and McNair have made to the group, which both total over $300,000. However, he is still one of the most prominent 50 donors to the Super PAC.
Musk has made several anti-GOP statements in the past, and has supported causes that Republicans are generally against, such as climate change. Just last year, Musk said in an interview:
Climate change is the biggest threat that humanity faces this century, except for AI. I keep telling people this. I hate to be Cassandra here, but it’s all fun and games until somebody loses a f*cking eye. This view [of climate change] is shared by almost everyone who’s not crazy in the scientific community.”
Musk has also previously trashed Donald Trump’s actions. After Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, Musk stated he would quit two of the White House’s business advisory councils:
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.”
And yet, here Musk is supporting the very people that go against his beliefs and are endangering the country. We’re not sure what Musk is thinking here, but this definitely needs an explanation.
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