Elon Musk has always had a following, but since he proposed buying Twitter in order to promote free speech, the tech mogul and Tesla CEO has seen his name mentioned in mainstream media almost daily.
Certainly, not all the mainstream media coverage devoted to Musk has been positive. In fact, many political pundits have posited that Musk’s buying of the town hall or “public square” of social media, as Twitter has been described, will lead to the downfall of democracy. Musk has been vilified because he spent the first seventeen years of his life in South Africa (in fact, The New York Times documented Musk’s feelings about living in Pretoria, which is about one hour’s drive from Johannesburg). Musk’s remarks about his time in South Africa: “largely recalled life in South Africa as traumatic and unfulfilling.”
Some would even imply that Musk participated in apartheid, but Musk deliberately attended the University of Pretoria while waiting on his paperwork to move to Canada. Doing such allowed him to avoid military service, which, according to a Musk biography written by Ashley Vance, would have required participation in apartheid activities.
Of course, inferences about Musk such as this are but one of the many derogatory comments made about the world’s richest man. Last week, after a reporter from MBC tweeted that Musk, a “petulant” and “not-so-bright” billionaire in the reporter’s words, had purchased the social media platform and “handed it over to the far-right,” Musk clapped back. Musk slammed NBC, reminding the reporter that NBC had allegedly squashed stories on the Hunter Biden laptop, Harvey Weinstein, and attempted to cover up the Matt Lauer scandal.
As that particular tweet thread ran on, Musk was questioned about the Epstein client list. To this, Musk replied, “Where is there client list? Shouldn’t at least one of them go down?”
That pivotal reply has had some Elon Musk fans up in arms since Musk tweeted on Sunday: “If I die under mysterious circumstances, it’s been nice knowin ya.”
Musk fans are saying they believe Musk has some knowledge of the Epstein list, particularly any alleged connection to Bill Clinton. As a response, “The Clintons” is trending on Twitter. Musk’s tweet reply was retweeted a whopping 52,000 times overnight Sunday.
It’s important to understand that Musk never mentioned the Clintons himself. Rather, comedian Tim Young asked Musk: “Wait . . .what do you know about Hillary Clinton?” A digital strategist, Greg Price, tweeted: “Do you have dirt on the Clintons?”
However, it appears that Musk is more concerned that his life might be threatened by the Russian government rather than by Bill and Hillary Clinton.
Before he posted the “it’s been nice knowin ya” tweet, Musk referenced a quote by Dmitry Rogozin, former deputy prime minister of Russia, who condemned Musk’s sending of Starlink satellite equipment to Ukraine shortly after the Russian invasion. Rogozin acknowledged that Musk had sent the equipment via the Pentagon, and Rogozin made a not-so-subtle threat to Musk: “. . . for this, Elon, you will be held accountable like an adult – no matter how much you’ll play the fool.”
Rogozin also said that Musk was “involved in supplying the fascist forces in Ukraine with military communication equipment.”
When Musk tweeted the threat, he added: “the word ‘Nazi’ doesn’t mean what he seems to think it does.” Ukrainians have praised Musk for keeping internet connections up and running in their country. Anecdotal evidence says that people use the internet to know what areas are safe as well as communicate with the outside world.”
So, it’s most likely that Musk’s tweet – which appears to be in jest – was in reference to the comments made by Rogozin rather than any information Musk may or may not have regarding an Epstein client list.
Musk’s mother replied to her son’s tweet, chastising him: “That’s not funny.” Musk replied that he would do his best to stay safe and out of harm’s way.