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Elon Musk tweets support for the embattled Kevin McCarthy in his quest to be House speaker

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  • Twitter CEO Elon Musk tweeted his support for Kevin McCarthy.
  • McCarthy has faced 11 unsuccessful votes in his bid to be speaker of the House of Representatives.
  • “If not McCarthy, then seriously who?” Musk asked his followers.

Twitter CEO and billionaire Elon Musk weighed in on the House of Representatives speakership drama.

“Kevin McCarthy should be Speaker,” Musk, who considers himself “economically right of center, maybe,” tweeted early Thursday morning.

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican is aiming to become the next House speaker — but he has come up short in 11 votes over three days.

Twenty Republicans are withholding their votes. McCarthy has received criticism from Rep. Matt Gaetz, Rep. Lauren Boebert, and others as his bid for Speaker draws on. The House currently has no active member of Congress as the speaker vote is delaying the swearing-in process and pushing back legislation. 

“Subtle, but I am beginning to suspect opinions differ on this matter … If not McCarthy, then seriously who?” Musk said in a follow-up tweet on Thursday.

Hours after his initial tweets, Musk conducted a poll asking Twitter users to choose if he should “Stay out of politics” or “Keep shooting his feet.”

The vote concluded with 595,182 votes, 57.2% of whom said he should “Keep shooting his feet.”

—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 5, 2023

“Ouch my feet!!” he tweeted Thursday evening quoting the finished poll. 

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