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Elon Musk said he thinks of himself as a “moderate” in response to critics who say he’s become conservative since buying Twitter last year.
He made the comments during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday.
“I, at least, think of myself as a moderate,” the Tesla CEO said. “I spent a massive amount of my life energy building sustainable energy, you know, electric vehicles, and batteries, and solar. It’s not exactly far-right.”
Musk wants to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy with electric vehicles as well as renewable energy generation and storage.
However, the way he runs Twitter since buying the social media platform for $44 billion in October has attracted more attention.
Musk has repeatedly called himself a “free speech absolutist,” and disagreed with Twitter’s decision to ban former President Donald Trump’s account following the Capitol riots in January 2021. He’s also put free speech at the forefront of why he bought the social media platform.
Musk told Maher: “Free speech used to be a left or liberal value, and yet we see from the quote ‘left’ a desire to actually censor, and that seems crazy.”
“I think we should be extremely concerned about anything that undermines the First Amendment,” Musk said. The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, the press, assembly, and the right to petition the government.
Musk later added: “My concern with Twitter was to that it is somewhat of the digital town square and it’s important that there be both the reality and perception of trust for a wide range of viewpoints.”
Musk has called himself an independent and centrist. He previously said that he’d only voted Democrat until May last year but could no longer support the party.
He’s frequently feuded with elected Democrats, including President Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
However, the billionaire has shown a friendlier approach when exchanging with right-wing officials such as GOP Representative Lauren Boebert. Experts previously told Insider he was using Twitter to amplify far-right viewpoints.
– Input from Business Insider was used in this article.