Tesla CEO Elon Musk is opening up about his ideological shift toward the political Right, posting a meme and numerous tweets ripping the Left for being hijacked by extremists, forcing him toward the Right.
“I strongly supported Obama for President, but today’s Democratic Party has been hijacked by extremists,” Musk said via Twitter.
In a meme he posted on Thursday, the SpaceX CEO outlined how he’s moved toward the Right since 2008.
The meme’s 2012 timeline shows a “fellow liberal” on the Left running toward the extreme far-Left, in effect leaving another stick-figure drawing labeled “me” moved toward the center. By the 2021 timeline, a “woke ‘progressive’” is now all the way on the far-Left, calling the stick-figure labeled “me,” or Musk, in this case, a “bigot.” Musk has stayed in the same spot in the meme but is now considered to be on the Right.
The New York Times:
On Monday, more than 217 million Twitter users were unwillingly engaged to the world’s richest man when he reached a deal to purchase the social network for $44 billion. Musk did not lean over and whisper into our ears that he was the alpha — instead he responded to what appeared to be hundreds of thousands of users deactivating their accounts by tweeting on Tuesday, “The extreme antibody reaction from those who fear free speech says it all.” Once again, this man was declaring himself a winner using language that only a loser could love.
Musk, of course, had said more. On Monday, under two rocket emojis, two shooting star emojis and two heart emojis, he posted that he hopes to unlock Twitter’s “tremendous potential” and promote “free speech” on the site. It’s a powerful vow, but one that leaves us, his unwitting brides, wondering: What, exactly, does free speech mean to him?
Many have speculated that the self-described “free speech absolutist” bought Twitter so that he could be free of the site’s criticism; he has asserted the opposite, tweeting, “I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter, because that is what free speech means.”
It’s a commitment at least, but one that evidently seeks to remind Twitter users who’s the alpha in this relationship. You can say what you like, Musk tells his haters, while signaling to what surely amounts to millions of fanboys that they can say what he likes in return. Already, the former Twitter C.E.O. Dick Costolo has accusedMusk of making a Twitter employee the “target of harassment and threats.”
Perhaps the key to divining Musk’s intentions can be found in the heart of one of his many Twitter-related scandals. In 2018, Musk called the British diver Vern Unsworth a “pedo guy” after Unsworth had rescued 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooded Thai cave. During a 2019 defamation case the diver brought against the billionaire, Musk said in his defense, “I thought it was obvious that I didn’t mean he was a pedophile.”
A majority of Americans approve of Elon Musk’s $44 billion buyout of Twitter, according to the results of an upcoming poll obtained by The Post.
Even as employees of the social media giant are melting down at the prospect of new ownership, a Rasmussen poll set to be released Friday found that 62 percent of adults think Musk’s purchase will make Twitter better.
Just 13 percent, meanwhile, feel Musk will make the platform worse, the poll shows.
Women, Republicans, people over 40 and lower income earners were the most enthusiastic demographics about the Musk takeover. But even 57 percent of Democrats polled thought Musk would improve the platform.
Just 19 percent of respondents said they would be less likely to use Twitter once Musk owned it, with the percentage rising to 31 percent of Democrats and 33 percent of government employees.