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Billionaire SpaceX, Tesla, and Starlink CEO Elon Musk offered his views on who he believes actually controls the Democratic Party during an interview published Friday.
In remarks to the Tesla Owners Silicon Valley club, Musk said to him it is obvious that the labor unions control President Joe Biden’s party, and he used a recent example to prove his point.
He noted Tesla’s exclusion from a White House electric vehicles summit last year because the company is not unionized, which he called “insane,” according to Fox Business.
“The general public is not aware of the degree to which unions control the Democratic Party. One does not need to speculate on this point,” Musk told the interviewers.
The outlet reported:
Neither of Musk’s two most prominent enterprises – Tesla and SpaceX – are unionized. Musk has attributed this to the “negative unemployment” in the Bay Area — typically, workers at Tesla have multiple other job offers they can pursue, Musk claims.
“Last year, Biden held an EV summit where Tesla was explicitly not allowed to come, but the [United Auto Workers] was. So, Tesla has made two-thirds of all the electric vehicles in the United States,” he said.
“So, deliberately excluding us from an EV summit at the White House — but including UAW — tells you everything you need to know,” Musk said.
“They have so much power over the White House that they can exclude Tesla from an EV summit — insane,” he added.
Musk is hoping his next major venture will be the purchase of Twitter, one of the country’s biggest legacy social media platforms.
In his first ‘all hands’ call with Twitter employees this week, he made it clear to them that the platform would not be heavy into censorship, as it has been blamed for censoring mostly conservatives in the past.
During the call on Thursday, Musk said that users should be able to post “pretty outrageous things.”
The meeting is the first time he has addressed all employees, according to Bloomberg, likely signaling that the acquisition arrangement is nearing its end-stage.
The Daily Wire notes:
The New York Times technology correspondent Mike Isaac reported that Twitter employees had the opportunity to submit questions to Musk over the past few days. Musk reportedly said during the meeting, which Twitter Chief Marketing Officer Leslie Berland moderated, that he wants to prioritize “freedom of speech, and freedom of reach.”
Musk has frequently commented on the need for Twitter — and mainstream Americans at large — to reaffirm their commitments to freedom of speech.
“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans,” Musk noted in April, adding that the “extreme antibody reaction from those who fear free speech says it all.”
During the all-hands meeting, Musk suggested that he is concerned about costs outpacing revenues and hinted that he would be willing to dismiss unproductive staffers.
“If somebody is getting useful things done, that’s great,” he said, according to The New York Times. “If they aren’t getting useful things done, then why are they at the company?”
Several employees asked the billionaire about being able to work remotely, probably because he told those workers that “remote work is no longer” acceptable at the electric vehicle maker.
“If there are particularly exceptional contributors for whom this is impossible, I will review and approve those exceptions directly,” he told Tesla executives, remarking that the workplace “must be a main Tesla office, not a remote branch office unrelated to the job duties, for example being responsible for Fremont factory human relations, but having your office in another state.”
Likewise, Musk told Twitter employees that it is “much better if you are on location physically.”
When he was queried during the meeting if he remains committed to ensuring a diverse workplace at Twitter, the world’s richest man replied that he would like to see “at least a billion people on Twitter,” according to the Times, which he said is the “most explicit definition of inclusiveness.”
Musk then noted that he is “extremely literal with what he says,” meaning that Twitter staff should merely take him at his word.