Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang can count Tesla CEO Elon Musk among his supporters after Musk offered a simple message of support via Twitter Saturday.
Earlier in the day, Yang tweeted a message to try different approaches to problem solving and remain open-minded.
"I don't expect people to agree with me on everything – that would be weird," Yang wrote on Twitter. "" My main hope is that people trust me to try to solve problems and that I am open to different approaches – especially if the data is running in a particular direction. Changing is not a bad thing. "
Yang's message was shared by a Twitter user named Dan Carlin, or @HardcoreHistory, and received a response from Musk later in the afternoon.
" I support Yang, "Musk tweeted." He wanted our first open goth president [sic]. I think this is very important, "he said in a second tweet.
Musk calling Yang a goth is a callback to an April interview with Jezebel where Yang claimed he was once a member of the counterculture. with his sense of style.
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Tesla also agrees with Yang's attitude that Americans will eventually need a universal basic income, as President Yang hopes to launch what he calls a $ 1,000-a-month dividend for every American. of taxes on businesses that rely on innovation.
Tesla relies heavily on automation in its manufacturing process, though Musk has previously admitted to squeezing the company towards automation too quickly.
Musk supported Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump ahead of the 2016 presidential election, but eventually agreed to join Trump's economic advisory team when the president took office. However, this scheme lasted less than six months. Musk left the advisory team in June 2017 due to disagreements with the Trump administration's climate change policy.
Yang's progressive technology and innovation policy seems to have earned early approval from Musk, and the candidate thanked Tesla's CEO for his support on Twitter. Yang is one of nearly two dozen candidates fighting for the Democratic presidential nomination and recently qualified for the party's fall primary debates.