On Tuesday, Elon Musk attacked Hungarian-Jewish currency speculator and globalist George Soros on Twitter. Among other things, Musk compared Soros to a supervillain and accused him of “hating humanity”.
“You assume they are good intentions. They are not. He wants to erode the very fabric of civilization. Soros hates humanity“, Musk declared.
You assume they are good intentions. They are not. He wants to erode the very fabric of civilization. Soros hates humanity.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 16, 2023
Prior to that, Elon Musk had written that Soros reminded him of the supervillain Magneto from the X-Men comics.
For many years, George Soros has been heavily criticized in circles critical of the present system – partly because he has made a fortune on currency speculation and venture capitalism, but also because of all the strongly left-wing political initiatives he finances through his foundation Open Society Foundations and the destructive influence he is deemed to have on world politics.
Criticizing Soros, however, is not without risk and it was not long before Elon Musk was accused of anti-Semitism by representatives of various Jewish lobby groups.
“Soros often is held up by the far-right, using antisemitic tropes, as the source of the world’s problems. To see Elon Musk, regardless of his intent, feed this segment — comparing him to a Jewish supervillain, claiming Soros “hates humanity” — is not just distressing, it’s dangerous: it will embolden extremists who already contrive anti-Jewish conspiracies and have tried to attack Soros and Jewish communities as a result.“ tweeted Anti-Defamation League President Jonathan Greenblatt.
Soros often is held up by the far-right, using antisemitic tropes, as the source of the world’s problems. To see @ElonMusk, regardless of his intent, feed this segment — comparing him to a Jewish supervillain, claiming Soros “hates humanity" — is not just distressing, it's… pic.twitter.com/ECAuYahSga
— Jonathan Greenblatt (@JGreenblattADL) May 16, 2023
However, Musk himself says that he has the right to express his opinions and that he doesn’t really care if his tweeting leads to the loss of customers or advertisers.
“I’ll say what I want to say, and if the consequence of that is losing money, so be it”, he writes.
Notably, Israel’s Foreign Ministry soon began accusing Musk of “fueling the anti-Semitic rhetoric” on Twitter, claiming that his posts “immediately led to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on Twitter”.