Elon Musk Defends Anti-Soros Tweets in Bananas Interview on CNBC: ‘I’ll Say What I Want’


Elon Musk told CNBC’s David Faber on Tuesday that he doesn’t care if his inflammatory tweets scare away potential Tesla buyers or Twitter advertisers. “I’ll say what I want, and if the consequence of that is losing money, so be it,” said Musk, who owns Twitter. Musk has for years tweeted controversial items, including conspiracy theories and comments his critics have called broadly discriminatory.

His defense came after Musk caught renewed criticism for a tweet in which he likened liberal billionaire and Democratic donor George Soros to X-Men villain Magneto, a Jewish Holocaust survivor.

“He wants to erode the very fabric of civilization. Soros hates humanity,” Musk tweeted Monday.

There are some moments in this video interview that are just cringe-inducing. Even just the awkward pauses. (Faber, to my mind, did a hell of a job — Musk is obviously a very difficult person to interview.) I’m starting to get real Bobby Fischer vibes from Musk — a genius, yes, but descending into conspiratorial hateful madness. But Fischer became a recluse; Musk is one of the most prominent people in the world.

Wednesday, 17 May 2023