Elon Musk made a subtle dig at Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who claimed he "frequently" talks with him and that the business magnate supports Texas's ultra-conservative social policies.
One of those policies includes Texas's controversial abortion ban, recently passed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The "heartbeat bill" would ban abortions after six weeks of pregnancy—well before women even know they are pregnant—and allow private citizens to sue abortion providers and anyone else helping women get abortions.
In an interview with CNBC's Squawk Box, Governor Abbott candidly spoke out against businesses being apprehensive about moving to the Lone Star State due to its hardcore traditional values and policies.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tells @SquawkStreet that he "frequently" talks to Elon Musk, who "had to get out of Californ… https://t.co/wiBCFanjSF— Michael Sheetz (@Michael Sheetz) 1630595627.0
He asserted the flourishing conservatism in the state isn't "slowing down businesses" but "in fact, it is accelerating the process of businesses coming to Texas."
He added how tech businesses were actually fleeing "very liberal" states like California for Texas.
"Elon consistently tells me that he likes the social policies in the state of Texas."
However, people had their speculations about Musk and what he might say.
@thesheetztweetz @SquawkStreet I'm willing to bet @elonmusk doesn't like social policies under @GregAbbott_TX that… https://t.co/H75PUx2Qdw— BlackMatrix (@BlackMatrix) 1630598417.0
@thesheetztweetz @SquawkStreet @elonmusk I cannot believe @elonmusk supports the new TX law.— Arek (@Arek) 1630596882.0
Musk, the founder and CEO of American aerospace manufacturer SpaceX and an early investor and CEO of Tesla, left Silicon Valley for Austin, Texas, where he built a Tesla Gigafactory and a facility for Starlink—a satellite internet constellation operated by SpaceX.
@SquawkStreet Musk personally moved to Texas late last year (https://t.co/DTfNstcnlg) and set up major facilities f… https://t.co/CFpGkEqy4Y— Michael Sheetz (@Michael Sheetz) 1630595809.0
While he has been vocal in the media on a wide range of topics, including his erroneous predictions about the viral pathogen, he does not have a definitive stance when it comes to politics.
However, in response to the Texas Governor referring to Musk, he offered a roundabout way of describing his apolitical stance.
"In general, I believe government should rarely impose its will upon the people, and, when doing so, should aspire to maximize their cumulative happiness," Musk tweeted.
"That said, I would prefer to stay out of politics."
@thesheetztweetz @SquawkStreet In general, I believe government should rarely impose its will upon the people, and,… https://t.co/xcOU4LhZed— Elon Musk (@Elon Musk) 1630602021.0
A handful of Twitter users appreciated his subtle shade at the Governor, and they supported his decision to "stay out of politics," as he proclaimed.
@popantipop @elonmusk @thesheetztweetz @SquawkStreet @Tesla Woman here: driving my Tesla increases my happiness dai… https://t.co/YFuS8lcCcA— ALP (@ALP) 1630605864.0
@elonmusk @thesheetztweetz @SquawkStreet I agree. Stay out of it. Voters from all sides need to feel welcome at Tesla.— James (@James) 1630602663.0
Others, however, were very critical of the entrepreneur's reticence.
@elonmusk @thesheetztweetz @SquawkStreet Sorry. You can't accept government money while stating you prefer to stay… https://t.co/58SCKQEUe7— Dan Collier (@Dan Collier) 1630609588.0
@elonmusk @thesheetztweetz @SquawkStreet All that money you have, & what the government pays you. You could end hom… https://t.co/QRYsWieWVB— Barbara (@Barbara) 1630613842.0
@elonmusk @thesheetztweetz @SquawkStreet Elon. Thanks for speaking up. Unfortunately, you will need to do more of t… https://t.co/0zDOuQpYYa— Eric B johnson (@Eric B johnson) 1630603241.0
@elonmusk @thesheetztweetz @SquawkStreet Hey @elonmusk 👋 - in Texas, the government is imposing its will on people… https://t.co/vK3j01tmNu— Janet Janssen (@Janet Janssen) 1630626648.0
@elonmusk @thesheetztweetz @SquawkStreet Dude, Abbot is straight up name dropping and taking advantage of your rela… https://t.co/6uFzCVllI0— Taylor C (@Taylor C) 1630603054.0
@elonmusk Abortion isn’t “politics,” it’s a vital form of medical care that your employees will absolutely need and… https://t.co/hAjmnEekZC— ella dawson (@ella dawson) 1630641941.0
@elonmusk @thesheetztweetz @SquawkStreet Silence on this is consent.— Fully Pfizered & Saying Vote NO ON THE RECALL, CA! (@Fully Pfizered & Saying Vote NO ON THE RECALL, CA!) 1630610201.0
It seems his declaration about staying out of politics ultimately did little to keep him out of the discussion.