Elon Musk has been on the outs with the right ever since he dropped his bid to take over Twitter, with many who hoped that his purchase of the company would lead to an end of the censorship regime being quite upset that he was canceling his attempt to do so and feeling like he was a charlatan that had led them on only to desert them when the going got tough.
Trump, obviously sensing that sentiment and capitalizing on it during a recent rally, calling Musk another bull—- artist and saying:
“He said the other day, ‘Oh, I’ve never voted for a Republican.’ I said, ‘I didn’t know that.’ He told me he voted for me, so he’s another bull—- artist.”
That then led to a spat between the two men, who have been sniping at each other online in recent days, culminating in Trump posting pictures of Elon in the White House and saying:
When Elon Musk came to the White House asking me for help on all of his many subsidized projects, whether it’s electric cars that don’t drive long enough, driverless cars that crash, or rocketships to nowhere, without which subsidies he’d be worthless, and telling me how he was a big Trump fan and Republican, I could have said, “drop to your knees and beg,” and he would have done it…
…Now Elon should focus on getting himself out of the Twitter mess because he could owe $44 billion for something that’s perhaps worthless. Also, lots of competition for electric cars!
Adding to that, he questioned why Elon had been allowed to break certain rules about buying up companies without anyone batting an eyelash, saying:
P.S., Why was Elon allowed to break the $15 million stock purchase barrier on Twitter without any reporting? That is a very serious breach! Have fun Elon and @jack, go to it!
Elon claims to have pulled out of the Twitter deal because Twitter did not provide the information about bot accounts that it was supposed to under the terms of the agreement, though some suspect that the real reason was that the market crash has made it too expensive for him to do so, particularly given that Tesla stock has dipped dramatically in value as the market has fallen.
Elon, in response, posted this gif on Twitter:
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 12, 2022
Far from being an old man yelling at clouds, however, Trump has a point about the subsidized nature of Elon’s products. Though Tesla and SpaceX are both innovative, interesting companies, neither would be around without the massive amount of money handed out in the form of subsidies and contracts by the government.
In the case of SpaceX, perhaps that’s understandable, as space access is a critical national security issue. In the context of overpriced golf cars that can’t go very far, however, the subsidies seem less reasonable.
Since the gif and Truth posts however, there’s been a ceasefire, so perhaps the two are done fighting for now.
This story syndicated with permission from Will, Author at Trending Politics
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