Elon Musk Punches Back at CNBC After Having His Tweets Labeled as ‘Conspiracy Theories’
“Honestly, some of these conspiracy theories have turned out to be true.”
“I’ll say what I want to say, and if the consequence of that is losing money, so be it,” said Elon Musk to CNBC anchor David Faber on Tuesday following Tesla’s annual shareholder meeting in Austin, Texas.
This reply came after a spirited exchange over an Elon tweet that said, “Soros reminds me of Magneto.”
But before that moment happened, CNBC’s David Faber brought into question Elon’s tweets that support “conspiracy theories.”
“You do some tweets that seem to be or at least give support to some who would call others conspiracy theories,” stated Mr. Faber.
“Well, yes, but I mean, honestly, some of these conspiracy theories have turned out to be true,” retorted Mr. Musk.
“Which ones?” asked Faber.
“Well, like the Hunter Biden laptop,” mentioned Musk.
“That’s true,” acknowledged Faber.
“That was a pretty big deal,” emphasized Musk. “There was Twitter, and others engaged in active suppression of information that was relevant to the public. That’s a terrible thing that happened. That’s election interference.”
Next, Elon’s “Soros reminds me of Magneto” tweet came into question.
Magneto is an integral villain character in Stan Lee’s X-Men. He is “a powerful mutant, one of a fictional subspecies of humanity born with superhuman abilities, who has the ability to generate and control magnetic fields.” — Wikipedia
“Even today, Elon, you tweeted this about George Soros,” Faber mentioned.
“I said he [Soros] kind of reminds me of Magneto. Calm down, people,” replied Musk. “[Let’s] not like make a federal case out of it.”
“You said he wants to erode the very fabric of civilization, and Soros hates humanity,” continued Faber.
“Yeah, I think that’s true. That’s my opinion,” replied Musk.
“Okay, But why share it?” Faber asked. “Why share it when people who buy Teslas may not agree with you? Advertisers on Twitter may not agree with you? … It makes you a lightning rod for criticism. I mean, do you like that?” he asked. “People today [are] saying he [Elon] is an anti-semite. I don’t think you are,” expressed Faber.
“No, I’m definitely not,” replied Musk. “I’m like a pro-semite if anything.”
“But why would you even introduce the idea then that would be the case?” asked Faber.
Elon Musk replied by setting up a scene from The Princess Bride, which he called a “great movie.”
“I’m reminded of the scene in The Princess Bride. Great movie. Great movie — where he [Inigo Montoya] confronts the person who killed his father. He says, offer me money; offer me power. I don’t care.”
“So you just don’t care?” questioned Faber.
“I’ll say what I want to say,” replied Musk, “and if the consequence of that is losing money, so be it.”
The last question concerning Elon Musk’s tweets focused on his comments about the Allen, Texas, mall shooting.
“When you link to somebody who’s talking about the guy who killed children in a mall in Allen, Texas. And you say something like it might be a bad psyop. I’m not quite sure what you meant,” professed Faber.
“It [Allen, Texas mall shooting] was, I think, incorrectly ascribed to be a white supremacist action [in the media],” replied Musk. “And the evidence for that was some obscure Russian website that no one’s ever heard of that had no followers. And the company that found this is Bellingcat.”
“And you know what Bellingcat does?” asked Musk. “Psyops,” he answered.
“I’m saying that I thought ascribing it to white supremacy was bullsh*t,” conveyed Musk. “And that the information came from an obscure Russian website and was somehow magically found by Bellingcat, which is a company that does psyops.”
“And there’s no proof, by the way, that he was not [a white suppremacist],” retorted Faber.
“I would say that there’s no proof that he is,” countered Musk.
“And that’s a debate you want to get into on Twitter?” asked Faber.
“Yes,” replied Musk, “because we should not be ascribing things to white supremacy if it’s false.”
The rest of the interview steered away from the topic of Twitter.
For CNBC’s perspective and video clips on other subjects, you can find their article here.
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