Tech billionaire Elon Musk on Sunday criticized “bogus media stories” for allegations that he was anti-Semitic, following his response to a controversial social media post last week.
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” he added. “I wish only the best for humanity and a prosperous and exciting future for all.”
Responding to Mr. Musk’s X post on Sunday, political journalist Brian Krassenstein said, as a Jewish man, he has “never once thought” that Mr. Musk was “even remotely close to an antisemite.”
Presidential Candidates Weigh InRepublican presidential candidates Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, both took questions about Mr. Musk’s response to the controversial post on Sunday.
“This is an outrage, outrageous type of hate that's being expressed, and we need to be speaking out against it no matter who does it,” Mr. Christie said. “Whether it's Elon Musk, whether it's professors on our college campuses where students that they are misleading, or whether it's individuals who are speaking out in an anti-Semitic way on the streets of our cities. This is unacceptable.”
Mr. Christie added that he believes President Joe Biden “needs to be much stronger than he's been in speaking out against anti-Semitism in this country.”
“And so I know that Elon has had a target on his back ever since he purchased Twitter, because I think he's taking it in a direction that a lot of people who are used to controlling the narrative don't like,” Mr. DeSantis added.
After Mr. Musk’s post was read to him aloud, the Florida governor still refused to comment, saying he didn’t have enough context to make a judgment.
“I know you tried to read it. I have no idea what the context is,” Mr. DeSantis added. “I know Elon Musk. I have never seen him do anything. I think he's a guy that believes in America. I have never seen him indulge in any of that. So it's surprising, if that's true, but I have not seen it. So I don't want to sit there and pass judgment on the fly.”