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Mon Dec 12, 2022, 10:07 PM

Red-Pilled Elon Musk Still Loves the Chinese Communist Party

A decade ago, Elon Musk was an object of contempt for conservatives. Tesla was “a prodigious harvester of government favors and handouts,” complained Phil Kerpen of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity. During a presidential debate, Mitt Romney mocked President Obama for giving a tax break to Musk’s “loser” company. “You put $90 billion — like 50 years’ worth of breaks — into solar and wind to Solyndra and Fisker and Tesla and Ener1. I mean, I had a friend who said, ‘You don’t just pick the winners and losers; you pick the losers.’”

Musk has refashioned himself into a conservative idol, strategically leaking selected Twitter communications to sympathetic journalists and spraying out a series of right-wing talking points, from accusing Paul Pelosi of lying about the attack that hospitalized him to ranting about the “woke mind virus.” By October, he had secured a place in the pantheon of conservative heroes so rarefied that the House Judiciary Committee tweeted in adulation, “Kanye. Elon. Trump.”

But this past weekend, Musk’s peripatetic communications wandered into awkward territory. Musk began demanding that Anthony Fauci be prosecuted, claiming the infectious-diseases expert “funded gain-of-function research that killed millions of people.” Here, Musk inadvertently exposed a gaping contradiction between his newfound status as Republican culture warrior and his longtime (and very much extant) practice of lauding the Chinese Communist Party.

The idea Musk is gesturing toward as his pretext for prosecuting Fauci is the theory that COVID-19 emerged from a laboratory leak in Wuhan. That theory is unproven but perfectly plausible. (The Biden administration’s intelligence review of the virus’s origins remains inconclusive.) The right-wing version of this idea spins off into insanity by further proposing that Fauci is to blame for faulty lab protocols in China and deserves to be in prison, an impulse that is consistent with Republicans’ mania for locking up their hate objects but totally unjustified by any normal interpretation of the law.

Read more: https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2022/12/elon-musk-twitter-fauci-lab-leak-chinese-communist-party-tesla.html

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Mon Dec 12, 2022, 10:20 PM

1. SpaceX produces critical military technology (long distance rockets)

Why is Musk still involved with this company?

Isn't this a clear threat to national security?

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Tue Dec 13, 2022, 01:24 AM

2. That he's not an anti-China nut is a small saving grace.

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Response to David__77 (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 13, 2022, 05:55 AM

3. huh....

Curious why someone who has a healthy distrust of China's government would make them a "nut."

Also, curious why Elon profiting off of China would be considered a "saving grace."

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