Elon Musk applauds Conor McGregor as contender for Irish presidency: ‘Take them all single-handed’

The world’s richest man got behind a “notorious” potential contender for the Irish presidency with a public vote of confidence: “I think you could take them all single-handed.”

“Not even fair.”

Populism versus globalism has been the tale of the tape in recent elections as leaders in Argentina, Hungary and Netherlands have made waves bucking those who seek to “build back better.” Amid unrest on the Emerald Isle and the active suppression of freedoms, MMA fighter Conor McGregor’s tease at entering politics found support from billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk.

Monday, the former UFC champion made note of his competition, “if I run,” positioning himself as the voice of Ireland as opposed to being a pawn to a party.

In direct response, Musk posted to X hours later, “I think you could take them all single-handed. Not even fair.”

The fighter had called out the leading opposition by name in Gerry Adams, Bertie Ahern and Enda Kenny in his message as he wrote, “Potential competition if I run. Gerry, 78. Bertie. 75. Enda, 74. Each with unbreakable ties to their individual parties politics.”

Each spent decades in their respective roles. Adams served as president of the radical socialist party Sinn Féin for 35 years until 2018 in addition to serving in Ireland’s bicameral parliament, Oireachtas.

Ahern served as prime minister from 1997 to 2008 and a member of parliament from 1977 to 2011 while Kenny spent his lengthy career as head of the progressive liberal party Fine Gael.

“Regardless of what the public outside of their parties feel. These parties govern themselves vs govern the people,” argued McGregor before pitching himself as the alternative. “Or me, 35. Young, active, passionate, fresh skin in the game. I listen. I support. I adapt. I have no affiliation/bias/favoritism toward any party. They would genuinely be held to account regarding the current sway of public feeling. I’d even put it all to vote. There’d be votes every week to make sure. I can fund. It would not be me in power as President, people of Ireland. It would be me and you.”

After earning the vote of confidence from Musk, the fighter turned businessman and rising political figure expressed gratitude and laid out what it would take to even make it to a vote. “I’d fancy my chances Elon, 100%. I’d need to be nominated either by: at least 20 members of the Oireachtas; or at least four local authorities (AKA county councils) to run.”

McGregor’s outspoken contempt for leadership in his native land peaked recently after an Algerian immigrant was named as the suspect responsible for stabbing a woman and several children near a school in Dublin. His commentary with messages like “Make change or make way” as riots erupted led to the opening of an investigation for alleged line “hate speech.”

As with other nations where the public was fed up with leaders saying one thing, doing another, and concealing their actions from those they represent, the fighter spoke to the need for transparency, an end to politics for the sake of power and the use of funds for what the public actually needed.

“This is why I’d run, if I was to. To be a voice of the people that deserve to be heard,” he said addressing Musk. President of Ireland is a unique position to other countries but it would demand response to questioning. Dialect would be so good for us in the public. Our people feel ignored. Unheard. Until of course election time. Then the waffle begins. Hope all is well bro, congrats on the App and rebrand to X, it is flying like those rockets!”

In response, the billionaire, who took the reins of what was Twitter with the promise of being a “free speech absolutist,” agreed on the importance of “clarity and transparency” adding his hope that McGregor at least be nominated, “That would shake things up!”

The day before, McGregor had teased what a victory might look like as he shared an image of himself with the caption, “Ireland, your President.”

Kevin Haggerty


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