Massachusetts Politicians React To Elon Musk Buying Twitter

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Tesla chief executive officer Elon Musk is set to buy Twitter for $44 billion, as many media outlets reported on Monday.

Musk is purchasing Twitter at least in part because he feels as though it is not committed enough to free speech. In the wake of the news on Monday afternoon, April 25, he tweeted, “I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.”

Musk is the world’s richest man. He is worth $273 billion, according to Investopedia.

In Massachusetts, the news drew mixed reactions among politicians. Many Democrats who posted about the news were unhappy with it while many Republicans were happy with Musk’s purchase.

Here is a look what some Massachusetts politics had to say about the matter:


U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Cambridge) (via Twitter)

“This deal is dangerous for our democracy. Billionaires like Elon Musk play by a different set of rules than everyone else, accumulating power for their own gain. We need a wealth tax and strong rules to hold Big Tech accountable.”


U.S. Representative Katherine Clark (D-Revere) (via Twitter)

“If they can afford to buy Twitter, they can afford to pay their fair share in taxes. RT if you’re ready for @potus ’ Billionaire Minimum Income Tax.”


State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Jamaica Plain) (via Twitter)

“If you can afford to buy Twitter on a whim, you can afford to pay your fair share of taxes to help fund schools, health care, transit, and roads. Food for thought.”


State Representative Mindy Domb (D-Amherst) (via Twitter)

“If you had 44 billion dollars, what would you choose to do with it?”


Former U.S. Labor Secretary/2002 Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Robert Reich (D) (via Twitter)

“A handful of billionaires now have unprecedented control over banking, the food we eat, the health care we can access and, now, the information we receive. This is what oligarchy looks like.”


Former State Representative Geoff Diehl (R-Whitman) (via Twitter)

[Diehl posted a video in which someone says, “Life finds a way.”]


Secretary of the Commonwealth candidate Rayla Campbell (R-Whitman) (via Facebook)

“Elon dunks on Democrats. The poor, liberal chicken littles. Maybe the sky is falling for you.”


Seventh Congressional District Candidate Donnie Palmer (R-Boston) (via Twitter)

🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸. Are these the 2 greatest patriots right now ? .. I feel that DeSantis is in the top 3


Former Governor Jane Swift (R-North Adams) (via Twitter)

“If he can “… defeat.. the spam bots, authenticating all humans …” that would be huge & positive. Not sure how simple it is though.”


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