February 21, 2024

Tesla CEO Elon Musk: I will say what I want to say, if we lose money, so be it

Elon Musk told CNBC’s David Faber on Tuesday that he doesn’t care if his inflammatory tweets scare away potential tesla Buyer or Twitter Advertiser.

Musk, who owns Twitter, said: “I will say what I want to say, and if it ends up losing money by doing so, so be it.”

Musk has tweeted controversial content for years, including conspiracy theories and comments his critics have described as broadly discriminatory.

His defense comes after Musk has faced renewed criticism tweets In it he likens liberal billionaire and Democratic donor George Soros to X-Men Villain Magnetoa Holocaust survivor.

“He wants to erode the fabric of civilization. Soros hates humans,” Musk tweeted Monday.

Musk has previously criticized Soros, his family office, Soros Fund Managementrecently Reduced holdings of Tesla sharesSoros, who is also Jewish, is a favorite target of right-wing pundits and politicians, and is often the target of anti-Semitic attacks. During World War II, Soros and his family fled the Nazis.

Critics say Musk’s tweets about Soros fit into a pattern of larger attacks on the 92-year-old investor and Democratic donor. “Musk’s comparison of Soros to Magneto is not random; it’s a nod to the harmful anti-Semitic tropes of Jewish global control,” the tweet said Alex Goldenbergan analyst at the Cyber ​​Contagion Research Institute. israeli foreign ministryLikewise, Musk’s tweets are “anti-Semitic”.

Musk on Tuesday denied he was an anti-Semite. “I’m a pro-Jew, if ever there was one,” he said when Faber asked him for criticism.Musk had also previously tweeted and deleted using hitler memes.

Faber also asked Musk on Tuesday why he tweeted a link to a person who said a mass shooting at a Texas mall earlier this month may have been “a cause of death.” part of “bad psychological warfare” or “psychological operations”.

Investigators have looked into whether the gunman who was shot by police had expressed white supremacist views because he wore the “RWDS” patch, a reference to the phrase “right-wing death squads.” used by extremists. he also has nazi tattooincluding the swastika.

“I think attributing it to white supremacism is bull —” Musk said, adding that he saw no evidence that the shooter was a white supremacist. “We shouldn’t be blaming things on white supremacy if they are — if it’s false.”

Ad revenue for the social media network has plummeted since Musk took over Twitter last fall, as brands and companies assess changes to the platform, which some say is under its outspoken new owner.

Last week, Musk hired former NBCUniversal advertising executive Linda Yacarino to succeed him as Twitter’s chief executive, a move widely seen as a way to boost Twitter’s advertising business. She starts Sunday.

Disclosure: NBCUniversal is the parent company of CNBC.

–CNBC’s Lora Kolodny contributed to this report.