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Elon Musk Not So ‘Absolutist’ About Free Speech When it Comes From His Critics

Clarence Page, Tribune Content Agency on

Too bad. I seriously have been considering buying a Tesla but you-know-who, the company’s famous CEO, seems determined to drive me away at top speed.

In that, I am not alone. Billionaire Elon Musk is facing a wave of backlash for a post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter until he bought that, too, and changed the name.

His endorsement of a tweet helped give new life to old antisemitic tropes.

The incident began with a post last Wednesday from a self-identified conservative Jewish user who complained about antisemitic content on social media during the Gaza conflict.

“To the cowards hiding behind the anonymity of the internet and posting ‘Hitler was right,’” he wrote. “You got something you want to say? Why don’t you say it to our faces.”

An alleged white nationalist account soon responded by attributing this antisemitism to minorities and blaming it on the Jews:

 

“Jewish commun(i)ties have been pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them,” said the post.

“I’m deeply disinterested in giving the tiniest (barnyard epithet) now about western Jewish populations coming to the disturbing realization that those hordes of minorities that (they) support flooding their country don’t exactly like them too much.

“You want truth said to your face, there it is.”

Helpful? I think not.

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