Tesla’s Elon Musk endorses Andrew Yang for president in 2020 election


Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang can count Tesla CEO Elon Musk among his supporters after Musk offered a simple message of support via Twitter on Saturday.

Earlier in the day Yang tweeted a message about trying different approaches to problem solving and remaining open-minded.

“I don’t expect people to agree with me on everything- that would be odd,” Yang wrote on Twitter. “”My main hope is that people trust that I’m trying to solve problems and I’m open to different approaches – particularly if the data drives in a particular direction. Changing one’s mind is not a bad thing.”

Yang’s message was shared by a Twitter user named Dan Carlin, or @HardcoreHistory, prompting a response from Musk later in the afternoon.

“I support Yang,” Musk tweeted. “He would our first openly goth president [sic]. I think this is very important,” he said in a second tweet.

Musk calling Yang a goth is a call back to an April interview with Jezebel where Yang claimed he was once a member of the counter-culture. However, Musk’s support of Yang doesn’t end with his sense of style.

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The Tesla CEO also agrees with Yang’s stance that Americans will eventually need a universal basic income. As president Yang hopes to launch what he calls a Freedom Dividend that would provide $1,000 a month to every American. The program would be funded by taxes on businesses that rely on innovation.

SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk gestures during a conversation with legendary game designer Todd Howard (not pictured) at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 13, 2019.
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Tesla relies heavily on automation in its manufacturing process, though Musk has previously admitted to pushing the company towards automation too quickly.

Musk endorsed Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump ahead of the 2016 presidential election, but ultimately agreed to join Trump’s economic advisory team when the president took office. That arrangement lasted for less than six months, however. Musk left the advisory team in June 2017 due to disagreements with the Trump administration’s climate change policies.

Yang’s progressive policies for technology and innovation appear to have earned an early endorsement from Musk and the candidate thanked the Tesla CEO for his support on Twitter. Yang is one of nearly two dozen candidates vying for the Democratic presidential nomination and recently qualified for the party’s fall primary debates.





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