Elon Musk defended his comment about George Soros reminding him of supervillain Magneto to CNBC’s David Faber on Tuesday, adding that he will defiantly say whatever he pleases.
“I’ll say what I want, and if the consequence of that is losing money, so be it,” said Twitter boss Musk.
“He wants to erode the very fabric of civilization. Soros hates humanity,” Musk tweeted Monday.
Faber pressed Musk during the Tuesday CNBC interview: "How do you make a choice? ... I mean, in terms of when you're going to engage, I mean, for example, even today, you like you tweeted? This thing about George Soros ... you said he wants to ruin the very fabric of civilization and Soros hates you..."
"I think that's true. That's my opinion" Musk responded.
Faber said that some critics in the mainstream corporate press were accusing Musk of being an antisemite as a result of the comparison.
"No, I'm definitely I'm not. I'm like, I'm like a pro-semite. If anything" Musk said.
Faber responded with "I think that's probably the case."
Faber then went on to ask what will happen if incoming Twitter CEO Linda Yaccarino comes to him and says that his tweets are costing him money.
Musk then invoked The Princess Bride: "There's a scene in The Princess Bride, great movie, where he confronts the person who killed his father. He says: 'Offer me money. Offer me power. I don't care.'"
Musk was the subject of much criticism from the corporate press for the Magneto comments, but was also defended by free speech warriors throughout the internet, who pointed out that criticism of a Jewish man in not antisemitic.
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