Months after endorsing a Republican takeover of Congress, Elon Musk paid a rare visit to Washington this week, huddling with top aides to President Biden and new House GOP leaders in a bid to advance the interests of his sprawling business empire.
The two days of hushed meetings underscored the mercurial tech mogul’s increasingly complex relationship with the nation’s capital, where his myriad ambitions — private spaceflight, self-driving cars, electric power and, now, social media — have placed him at the center of some of the country’s fiercest political debates...
“He has a reality distortion field, coming to Washington believing he can make all those conflicting parts work just by the force of will,” said David Karpf, an associate professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University. “What I suspect is that he’s going to find that really doesn’t work.”
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