Tech mogul and Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday slammed what he called “key Democratic politicians” for “coordinated” attacks on him.
Twitter user Jason Debolt provoked the response by pointing out how Democratic politicians have recently spoken out against Musk. He noted that Musk had not inserted himself into political debates prior to these interactions.
“Elon wasn’t super political on Twitter until Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren started attacking him for no reason. Then others followed. Of all the guys they could have attacked, they chose the guy most capable of helping the government solve problems. Weird choice,” Debolt wrote.
Musk responded to the tweet by agreeing and suggesting that these Democratic figures were just “actors in the political arena.”
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“Several other major Democratic politicians also attacked me, around the same time. It was coordinated. Apart from the party leadership and independents like Manchin, they are basically players in the political arena, not directors. or screenwriters,” Musk tweeted.
Over the years, Musk has argued with the senses. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., on taxes and spending, once memorably calling Warren “Senator Karen.”
More recently, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., attacked Musk for his plan to charge Twitter users $8 a month for a blue verification mark on their accounts. Musk responded by mocking Ocasio-Cortez, pointing out that his website was selling a sweatshirt for nearly $60.
Musk also responded positively to a meme attacking the Democratic Party for ignoring scandals such as the Biden family’s dealings with China and Ukraine and TikTok sharing user information with the Chinese Communist Party in favor of a investigates him for legally buying a social media company.
Several Democratic senators threatened investigations and government intervention on Twitter following his purchase. On Nov. 1, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., called on the Biden administration to investigate Musk’s acquisition, suggesting the site may be influenced by Saudi Arabia. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., threatened Musk with regulation for not responding to his letter regarding Twitter’s verification process.
Musk followed up those efforts on Nov. 18 with a mocking tweet attacking their lack of interest in crypto giant FTX declaring bankruptcy after losing $1 billion.
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Several Twitter users expressed agreement with Musk’s comment about attacks and coordination by Democrats.
Tech entrepreneur Gurbaksh Chahal said Musk is “ripping @TheDemocrats a new one.”
“I really wonder why they started attacking you because if it wasn’t for you and Tesla electric vehicles wouldn’t be common. You’ve been an ally of the Democratic Party. attack, they paint you far right. Insane,” Teslarati lead writer Johnna Crider tweeted.
“It’s true. And they’re going to attack him even more tomorrow for saying it,” wrote the outspoken singer Philip Labonte.
Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson said, “Coordinated propaganda campaigns are what the media, Big Tech, political and corporate interests have been doing for years now.”
Sportswriter Jason Whitlock exclaimed, “My God, this man is a real troublemaker.”
Despite this, some left-leaning social media users continued to attack Musk for his comment.
Luke Zaleski, Condé Nast’s legal affairs editor, wrote, “You’re another asset. This is so annoying.”
Vanity Fair correspondent Molly Jong-Fast tweeted, “So your values are based on who’s nice to you?”
“Manchin is one of the biggest proponents of taxing billionaire hell on the Hill. He just doesn’t like to do it for no reason. His main goal is to make sure it goes to income won, rather than unrealized gains,” said MSNBC columnist Eric. Michael Garcia wrote.
“None of this is true. What it shows is your naivety when it comes to politics,” said author Jeff Nesbit.
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