Republicans Can't Make Software? Elon Musk Has This To Say On Silicon Valley's Political Leaning

Twitter CEO Elon Musk shared his take on the political leanings of engineers in Silicon Valley on Thursday.

What Happened: The billionaire responded to a tweet by an angel investor Jason Calacanis in which the latter said, “Republicans don’t know how to make software.”

Musk said, “Most engineers don’t feel strongly about politics, but do want to work with other great engineers.”

“Silicon Valley has world’s best engineering talent, but is co-located with San Francisco, which is far left.”

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Why It Matters: Musk shared a graphic, in response to Calacanis and venture capitalist David Sacks, on Twitter, which according to him, highlighted the “slight bias” in employee donations to midterm candidates by party.

The graphic — compiled by Recode and based on FEC data from Oct. 26 — indicated that 98.7% of Twitter employees donated $200 or more per campaign to Democratic candidates.

Before he took over Twitter, Musk advocated that Twitter should be politically neutral, which he said means “upsetting the far right and far left equally.”

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