Elon Musk scheduled meetings with many Republicans but no Democrats on his visit to US Capitol, report says

Elon Musk leaves the Phillip Burton Federal Building and United States Court House in San Francisco, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023.
Democrats say they still want to hear from Elon Musk, per reports.AP Photo/ Benjamin Fanjoy
  • Elon Musk missed Democrats off his meeting agenda when visiting the US Capitol, per Politico.

  • Musk said he met with the Dem House leader but reports say this wasn't a scheduled meeting.

  • Rep. Jan Schakowsky told Politico it was "seriously a mistake" and he should go back to explain why.

Elon Musk arranged lots of meetings with Republicans when he visited the US Capitol but failed to schedule any with Democrats, Politico reported.

For the first time, Musk went to Capitol Hill on January 26.

He arranged to speak with Kevin McCarthy, speaker of the House, and Rep. Jim Jordan, per Politico. He also had a meeting with James Comer, House oversight chairman, Rep. Steve Scalise, and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Politico reported.

Jordan told Politico the meeting with Musk and other Republicans focused on the First Amendment, accusations that conservatives were being censored online, and a review of Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act. Comer also confirmed to Politico that the meeting happened.

Musk said on January 26 he met with Hakeem Jeffries, Democratic House leader, as well as McCarthy, to ensure Twitter was a fair platform to both parties.

However, Musk's meeting with Jeffries wasn't scheduled beforehand and was more of an introduction, Politico and CNN reporters tweeted, citing the minority leader's aide.

Following Musk's visit, McCarthy told reporters: "He came to wish me a happy birthday," Bloomberg reported at the time. McCarthy said the two men had been friends for years, per the report.

Democrats told Politico they were unimpressed at Musk arranging meetings only with conservatives.

"I think it's seriously a mistake and I think it would be a good thing to have him come in and explain himself," Rep. Jan Schakowsky said in an interview with Politico.

Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Schiff told Politico he was "deeply concerned" about how Musk was running Twitter. He said the company seemed like a "vanity project that is going wrong with an explosion of hate speech on that platform."

Twitter didn't immediately respond to Insider's request for comment made outside of normal US operating hours.

Over the past year, Musk has got more involved with political discussions, especially on Twitter.

Despite describing himself politically as "somewhere in the middle," he announced in May he would vote Republican in the upcoming election cycle, and then urged his Twitter followers to elect a Republican Congress. Musk also reinstated former President Donald Trump's account after it was banned because of tweets during the US Capitol riots.

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