15:35 GMT10 April 2021
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    While Musk's tweet elicited a largely negative response from netizens, some expressed hope that the SpaceX founder was merely being sarcastic.

    It appears that tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has managed to stir up quite a storm online with a tweet that makes reference to the recent coup in Bolivia, with the South American country's ousted head of state Evo Morales himself reacting to it.

    When one social media user argued that “the US government organizing a coup against Evo Morales in Bolivia so you could obtain the lithium there”, and that “wasn't in the best interest of people”, the SpaceX founder's response was prompt and frank.

    "We will coup whoever we want! Deal with it", Musk wrote, adding that "we get our lithium from Australia."

    ​His message evoked a largely negative response on social media, with many netizens bashing Musk after seemingly not appreciating his rhetoric.

    Evo Morales himself took note of the development, tweeting that Musk's statement is “another proof that the coup was due to Bolivian lithium”, adding that “we will always defend our resources!”

    ​And journalist Max Blumenthal remarked that Musk "practically takes credit for the Bolivian lithium coup".

    ​Some, however, expressed the hope that Musk was just being sarcastic.

    social media, lithium, coup, Elon Musk, Evo Morales, US, Bolivia
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