Elon Musk Deletes Hitler Comparison Meme After Facing Backlash
23:55 GMT 17.02.2022 (Updated: 20:13 GMT 19.10.2022)
© AP Photo / Matt RourkeCEO Elon Musk departs from the justice center in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, July 13, 2021. Testifying for a second day, Musk pushed back again Tuesday against a lawsuit that blames him for engineering Tesla’s 2016 acquisition of a financially precarious company called SolarCity that was marred by conflicts of interest and never generated the profits Musk insisted it would.
© AP Photo / Matt Rourke
The tech mogul has voiced his support for the so-called Canadian Freedom Convoy, organized by truckers and other demonstrators in opposition to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
In one of his latest tweets, Elon Musk compared the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, but removed it some 12 hours later following criticism from users and especially the American Jewish Committee.
The tweet was posted as a reaction to a CoinDesk report saying that the Canadian authorities have banned all financial institutions from conducting transactions on 34 crypto wallets that received donations for the truckers.
Musk posted a photo of the Nazi dictator, saying: "Stop comparing me to Justin Trudeau. I had a budget,” according to a screenshot of the removed post.
Some users said that the comparison was in “poor taste.” The American Jewish Committee noted in a statement condemning the tweet that “Musk has exercised extremely poor judgment by invoking Hitler to make a point on social media” and called on him to apologize.
17 February 2022, 18:04 GMT
The post added to a series of tweets by Musk regarding the tense situation in Canada. On Sunday, Musk responded to a tweet by attaching a video of protesters in Ottawa, writing: “It would appear that the so-called ‘fringe minority' is actually the government.”
The comment was referring to an earlier statement by Trudeau in which the prime minister said that the protesters constitute a "small fringe minority" with "unacceptable views."
In another tweet on Sunday, apparently regarding the protest, Musk posted another picture of Hitler, commenting: "So many Hitlers!" His meme was a photoshopped book cover with the title "Everyone I don't like is Hitler."