Elon Musk Visits Capitol Hill To Meet With Kevin McCarthy & Hakeem Jeffries
Elon Musk made a visit to Capitol Hill on Wednesday, meeting with Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Democratic House minority leader Hakeem Jeffries.
Musk, the relatively new owner of social media giant Twitter, claimed he met with both leaders to ensure that his platform is “fair to both parties.”
Just met with @SpeakerMcCarthy & @RepJeffries to discuss ensuring that this platform is fair to both parties
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 26, 2023
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McCarthy declined to comment on the meeting but added that Musk was merely visiting to wish the fifty-eight-year-old a happy birthday. He added that they have “been friends for years.”
Jefferies has not commented on the meeting.
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Social media companies such as Twitter have faced great scrutiny in recent years from the American right over allegations that they consciously suppress conservative politics on their platforms.
They point to the censorship of the New York Post‘s Hunter Biden laptop story and the suspension of former President Donald Trump‘s social media accounts.
Musk has identified ending such political suppression on Twitter as a key motivation of his that led to his disastrous acquisition of the social media platform.
While Musk has admitted to originally supporting the Democratic party in prior elections, he has rebranded himself as a center-right Republican voter. In the midst of McCarthy’s chaotic House Speaker bid, Musk threw his support behind McCarthy on Twitter.
Kevin McCarthy should be Speaker
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 5, 2023
Musk has also indicated tacit support for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) over President Joe Biden in a hypothetical 2024 presidential election scenario between the two men.
Would you support Ron DeSantis in 2024, Elon?
— Proud Elephant 🇺🇸🦅 (@ProudElephantUS) November 26, 2022
Musk has reinstated Trump’s Twitter account in recent months; however, Trump has yet to return to Twitter and abandon his Truth Social platform.
Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, announced on Wednesday that they would also reinstate Trump’s accounts.
It is unclear at this time if Musk’s decision to reinstate Trump’s account has influenced Meta to follow.
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