December 11, 2023

Elon Musk has been accused of promoting antisemitism after replying to a racist post with the comment: ‘You have said the actual truth.’

Musk, who has been strongly criticized by the Anti-Defamation League and Israel‘s Foreign Ministry for his past remarks, was on Wednesday responding to a man who posted a screed on X criticizing a Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism campaign video.

In the video, a father is seen talking to his son about the online hatred the son has spewed, and calling him out for his rhetoric.

The X user dismissed the video, writing: ‘Jewish communties (sic) have been pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them. 

‘I’m deeply disinterested in giving the tiniest s*** now about western Jewish populations coming to the disturbing realization that those hordes of minorities that support flooding their country don’t exactly like them too much. 

‘You want truth said to your face, there it is.’

Musk, who has 163 million followers, replied: ‘You have said the actual truth.’ 

Elon Musk, pictured on November 2 speaking to British prime minister Rishi Sunak, said the online commentator accusing Jewish people of hating white people was speaking ‘actual truth’

Pro-Palestine protesters are seen in London on November 15

Pro-Palestine protesters are seen in London on November 15

Demonstrators demanding the U.S. government call for a ceasefire are pictured on November 15 in New York City

Demonstrators demanding the U.S. government call for a ceasefire are pictured on November 15 in New York City

DailyMail.com has approached Musk for comment, and received in reply: ‘Busy now, please check back later.’ 

Musk has a long history of toying with dog-whistle rhetoric about Jewish people, in particular George Soros, who enraged him in May by selling his Tesla stock.

He has also angered people with his response to the Israel-Hamas war.

In the days after the October 7 Hamas terror attack, Musk was forced to delete a tweet which recommended an anti-Semitic account and a promoter of debunked videos as reliable sources of information about the attack on Israel.

The owner of X, formerly Twitter, faced a furious backlash after telling his 159 million followers that the accounts @WarMonitors and @sentdefender were ‘good’ for ‘following the war in real time’.

Followers were quick to point out that @WarMonitors has repeatedly used ‘jew’ as a term of abuse on the platform, telling New York supermarket boss Avi Kaner to ‘mind your own business, jew’.

‘The guy Musk recommends for information on the Israel-Hamas escalation is an anti-Semitic account with a history of spreading misinformation,’ wrote Sam Sokol of Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

On Halloween, Musk appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast and repeated his long-running criticism of the 93-year-old billionaire financier, who has for decades backed progressive causes.

Soros, born in Budapest, survived the Nazi occupation of Hungary and moved first to Britain, then the United States, where he began his hugely-influential philanthropy.

‘He is I believe the top contributor to the Democratic party,’ Musk told Rogan. ‘The second one was Sam Bankman-Fried.

‘And Soros, he had a very difficult upbringing.

‘In my opinion, he fundamentally hates humanity. That’s my opinion.’

Musk said that he was deeply opposed to Soros’ work backing progressive district attorneys, who pursued policies he saw as soft on crime.

‘He’s doing things that erode the fabric of civilization – getting DAs elected who refuse to prosecute crime,’ said Musk.

‘That’s part of the problem in San Francisco, and LA, and a bunch of other cities.

‘So why would you do that?’

Rogan asked: ‘Is it humanity, or just the United States?’

Musk said it was worldwide.

‘He’s pushing things in other countries as well,’ Musk said.

Elon Musk on Tuesday appeared on Joe Rogan's podcast, smoking a cigar and drinking what looked to be whisky

Elon Musk on Tuesday appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast, smoking a cigar and drinking what looked to be whisky

Joe Rogan appeared in drag for the Halloween podcast recording

Joe Rogan appeared in drag for the Halloween podcast recording

George Soros, 93, has angered Elon Musk with his progressive policies

George Soros, 93, has angered Elon Musk with his progressive policies

Musk told Rogan that he thought Soros was ‘basically a bit senile at this point’ – in June, Soros handed control of the Open Society Foundations and the rest of his $25 billion empire to his 37-year-old son, Alex.

The foundation directs about $1.5 billion a year to groups such as those backing human rights around the world and helping build democracies. Alex Soros said he intends to broaden the foundation’s priorities to include voting and abortion rights as well as gender equity.

Musk said that the elder Soros had been ‘very smart’ in using his money to achieve his goals.

‘He’s very good at arbitrage – famously he shorted the British pound,’ explained Musk. ‘That’s how I think he made his first money.

Arbitrage is spotting value for money that other people don’t see.

‘And one of the things he noticed is that the value for money in local races is much higher than it is in national races.

‘The lowest value for money is a presidential race. Then next lowest value for money is a senate race, then a congress.

‘And when you get to city and state district attorneys the value for money is extremely good.’

Musk said that Soros found he could help push policies he approved of through local officials.

‘Soros realized that you don’t have to actually change the laws,’ said Musk.

‘You just need to change how they are enforced.

‘If nobody chooses to enforce the laws, or the laws are differentially enforced, then its like changing the laws.’

Musk has previously compared Soros to X-Men supervillain Magneto – a character who manipulates the world and thinks mutants should be in charge, rather than humans.

He made the comments on Twitter in May, following the announcement that Soros’ investment fund had dumped all of their Tesla stock.

Elon Musk was interviewed on CNBC and was asked about his remarks about George Soros, giving a bizarre rambling reply

Elon Musk was interviewed on CNBC and was asked about his remarks about George Soros, giving a bizarre rambling reply

George Soros, a Hungarian-born Billionaire, heads the Open Society Foundation and is a Holocaust survivor. His foundation backs progressive politicians

George Soros, a Hungarian-born Billionaire, heads the Open Society Foundation and is a Holocaust survivor. His foundation backs progressive politicians

Musk responded to Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, saying that the South African-born billionaire was not anti-Semitic, but his remarks were dangerous.

‘He’s arguably the most influential person on the planet controlling what’s essentially our public square. When he repeats conspiracy theories, that feeds the extremists,’ said Greenblatt.

Musk replied: ‘In fairness, I must concede that Joel has a good point and I will endeavor to be more thoughtful in the future.’

He later corrected to tweet to say ‘Jonathan’.  

Musk continued: ‘Comic book analogies are obviously imperfect, to say the least. 

‘Just because George Soros can bend metal using his mind doesn’t mean he’s Magneto!! 

‘Anyway, my actual concern with Soros is that he has funded so many politicians & DAs who are soft even on violent crime, which has caused great damage to many cities imo. 

‘Also, while I am very much in favor of expanding legal immigration, we must have some vetting of who comes in, so that we do not allow dangerous felons to prey upon innocent Americans.’

The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Musk’s tweet had resulted in a flood of conspiracy theories and the hashtag ‘The Jews’ to trend on the platform. 

Researchers at Beam found in June that the volume of English-language antisemitic tweets has more than doubled since the company’s takeover by Musk in October 2022.

He has threatened to sue anti-hate organization the Anti-Defamation League for defamation after it criticized him for allowing anti-Semitic content online, but insists he is ‘against antisemitism of any kind’.

In September, Musk swerved the topic of antisemitism when asked during an interview with Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister.

Musk would not address the subject, other than saying he is ‘obviously against’ it, and spoke more generally about ‘hate speech’ instead.

Netanyahu previously came to Musk’s defense when he was accused of repeating discriminatory tropes about Jewish financier George Soros, and he introduced the subject by reiterating his belief that the Tesla boss does not have anti-Jewish views. 

Elon Musk

Benjamin Netanyahu

Elon Musk declined to address anti-Semitism on X when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broached the subject during their live-streamed discussion

A huge crowd of protesters gathered in San Francisco's Union Square close to where Musk and Netanyahu were meeting to demonstrate their opposition to his reforms - and to Musk giving him a platform

A huge crowd of protesters gathered in San Francisco’s Union Square close to where Musk and Netanyahu were meeting to demonstrate their opposition to his reforms – and to Musk giving him a platform

‘I know of your opposition to anti-Semitism,’ the 73-year-old Israeli leader told Musk during their X discussion. 

‘All I can say is I hope you can find within the confines of the First Amendment the ability to stop not only antisemitism or roll it back as best you can, but any collective hatred of a people that anti-Semitism represents.’ 

‘Obviously I’m against anti-Semitism,’ Musk replied. ‘I’m anti really anything that promotes hate and conflict, and I’m in favor that which helps society and takes us to a better future for humanity collectively.’

But the SpaceX boss didn’t elaborate or defend his controversial statements about Soros, including comparing him to X-Men supervillain Magneto – a character who manipulates the world and thinks mutants should be in charge rather than humans.

Speaking about hate speech generally on X, he said: ‘It’s important to bear in mind that there are 550 million monthly users, now maybe going to 600 million monthly users. 

‘On any given day there’s on the order of 100 to 200 million posts to the system. This is a lot of material. Some of those are going to be bad. 

‘You can’t police it in advance, but you can say after the fact ‘oh it’s getting reported as hate speech’. 

‘We’re not going to promote speech because that’s probably not what people want to hear.’