July 1, 2022



Gov. Greg Abbott wants Elon Musk to move Twitter to Texas

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Twitter may have just agreed to sell itself to billionaire Elon Musk for $44 billion, but Gov. Greg Abbott already sees Texas in the company’s future. 

Shortly after the news broke Monday of the Tesla CEO reaching an agreement to acquire the social media giant following weeks of negotiations, Abbott took to Twitter to encourage Musk to relocate the company’s headquarters from the heart of San Francisco to the Lone Star State. “@elonmusk. Bring Twitter to Texas to join Tesla, SpaceX & the Boring company,” the Republican leader tweeted.

And the proposal isn’t a stretch, as Musk, the world’s richest person, already lives in Texas and the state has steadily become the base of operations for many of his companies. Austin recently became home to Tesla’s newest Gigafactory, which officially opened earlier this month. The city also now serves as the electric vehicle maker’s global headquarters following Musk’s decision to move the company’s headquarters from California to Texas in December.

The tech billionaire also operates his aerospace company SpaceX in Brownsville, Texas, and recently moved the headquarters of his tunneling and infrastructure company, the Boring Company, to Central Texas.

This isn’t the first time Abbott put his state forward for Musk’s consideration. More than a year before Musk finally relocated Tesla’s headquarters, Abbott had said he had discussions with the billionaire about the move, calling Texas a “perfect fit” for the company. 

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Musk has also gained popularity among Texas Republicans, who have agreed with his notions of restoring “free speech” to Twitter.

Following Twitter’s deal with Musk, Sen. Ted Cruz asked his followers if “Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter a good thing?” The two options were “yes” and “no, I hate free speech.” Cruz also said he agreed with a statement from Musk Monday ahead of the buy, that said “I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.”

Musk, who celebrated his Twitter acquisition with a tweet, has yet to publicly respond to Abbott’s proposal.



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