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Elon Musk: Trump doesn't reflect well on the US

Technically Incorrect: The Tesla founder isn't impressed by the Republican nominee and prefers Hillary Clinton's policies.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


Elon Musk is not a fan of Trump.

Elon Musk is not a fan of Trump.

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Silicon Valley seems divided on the election.

In one corner is Peter Thiel and a few quieter sympathizers.

In the other stand a number of tech CEOs and employees, aghast at the notion that Donald Trump -- a man who suggested boycotting Apple products -- might be the next president.

Tesla founder Elon Musk is in the latter category.

In an interview with CNBC on Friday, he offered: "I feel a bit stronger that he is not the right guy."

I feel a bit of a stronger translation might be in order: "Trump as the US president? You're kidding, right?"

I deduce this from another Musk remark.

"He doesn't seem to have the sort of character that reflects well on the United States," said Musk.

I fear, though, that Trump does actually represent much of what the rest of the world sees as the quintessential American character: overly self-confident, a touch ill-aware of the rest of the world and insisting only he has every solution.

For Musk, Hillary Clinton has the "right" environmental and economic policies.

Like many in the US, though, the self-driving car and rocket man isn't impressed with the whole election campaign.

"I don't think this is the finest moment in our democracy," he said.

Surely few can disagree with this. The whole thing has been so depressing that even SNL's attempts at humor seem nothing more than bald re-enactments.

Musk told CNBC that Tesla's business is unlikely to be affected, regardless of who wins.

I'm not so sure. Donald Trump has a long memory. Anyone who slights him can, according to Virgin founder Richard Branson, expect revenge.

I can already imagine a Trump government takeover of Tesla, with the company renamed Trump Self.