Elon Musk warns Democrats to ‘call off the attack’ on Trump

Elon Musk has waded once again into presidential politics, proving that the showy and often controversial CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors is an astute observer of the contentious American political scene.

Most recently, Musk tweeted that it’s time for former president Donald Trump to withdraw from politics and stick to a behind-the-scenes role; more importantly, he warned the Democrats against poking the bear, and leaving Trump no other option but another presidential run as a simple matter of survival.

It’s an interesting take on the issue of Republican presidential politics. Musk’s tweet comes just two days after Trump singled out Musk by name as just “another bulls**t artist” at a boisterous rally in Anchorage, Alaska.

During the rally, Trump explained to the raucous crowd that Musk had told him he had voted for him. Trump contrasted this with Musk’s recent claim that his vote for Mayra Flores in Texas was the “first time I ever voted Republican.” Musk has also speculated in the past that he’s “leaning toward” supporting popular Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis if he mounts a presidential run in 2024.

“You know he said the other day, ‘Oh I’ve never voted for a Republican,'” Trump told the crowd at the rally, talking about Musk. “I said I didn’t know that, he told me he voted for me,” said Trump. “So he’s another bullshit artist.”

Musk, however, took issue with Trump’s claim, tweeting in response to a clip of the rally with a simple “Not true.”

Musk then offered his two cents about what he believed Trump’s future role ought to be—and included a warning to Democrats.

“I don’t hate the man,” Musk tweeted, “but it’s time for Trump to hang up his hat & sail into the sunset. Dems should also call off the attack—don’t make it so that Trump’s only way to survive is to regain the Presidency.”

It’s evident that Musk believes that it’s time to transcend the never-ending acrimony of the Trump vs. Establishment warfare that has characterized the past few years. He seems to think that the country is in need of younger, fresher faces, and strong and confident leadership that only a non-woke Republican can provide. In this sense, Trump cleared the way for a realignment of the GOP, but now it’s time for him to step aside.

Musk was further confronted by radio host Joe Pags about his position, and replied with his own thoughts about the problem with Trump, and also his ideas about presidential age limits.

“What—on policy—did you have an issue with?” Pags asked, after listing some of Trump’s signature policy achievements.

“Yeah, but too much drama,” Musk responded. “Do we really want a bull in a china shop situation every single day!? Also, I think the legal maximum age for start of Presidential term should be 69.” That last, of course, was another classic Muskism, and few will miss the vulgar reference.

Musk, meanwhile, has plenty of other matters to occupy his attention, with his much-touted Twitter acquisition now in shambles and threats of court action being recklessly exchanged between the billionaire and the social media giant. Nevertheless, the South African ex-pat and richest man in the world has made his name as a “solver of problems”—whether that be autonomous electric vehicles, affordable and efficient space travel, or even low-cost personal flame-throwers.

Now it seems Musk’s interested in solving the problem of American politics.


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