In the latest salvo between Donald Trump and Elon Musk, the former president suggested the world’s richest man would be “worthless” without government subsidies.
Posting on his social media platform Truth Social, Trump wrote: “When Elon Musk came to the White House asking me for help on all of his many subsidized projects, whether it’s electric cars that don’t drive long enough, driverless cars that crash, or rocketships to nowhere, without which subsidies he’d be worthless, and telling me how he was a big Trump fan and Republican, I could have said, ‘drop to your knees and beg,’ and he would have done it…”
“Now Elon should focus on getting himself out of the Twitter mess because he could owe $44 billion for something that’s perhaps worthless,” he added in a follow-up. “Also, lots of competition for electric cars!”
Trump also questioned the legality of Musk’s actions in pursuing Twitter.
“Why was Elon allowed to break the $15 million stock purchase barrier on Twitter without any reporting? That is a very serious breach! Have fun Elon and @jack, go for it,” he wrote.
The back and forth began last week when Trump called Musk out as a “bullsh*t artist” during a rally in Alaska, reminding the crowd that he predicted Musk’s $44 billion Twitter deal wouldn’t go through. Trump claimed that Musk told him that he voted for him, even though the Tesla CEO just said he voted Republican for the first time last month in Texas in supporting Mayra Flores.
Musk replied on Twitter to say Trump’s claim was “not true,” suggesting that it was time for Trump to “hang up his hat & sail into the sunset” and let a younger man, namely Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, take on President Joe Biden in 2024. Insisting that he doesn’t “hate the man,” Musk took issue with Trump’s age and demeanor, saying there was “too much drama.”
“Do we really want a bull in a china shop situation every single day!? Also, I think the legal maximum age for start of Presidential term should be 69,” he tweeted, adding, “Trump would be 82 at end of term, which is too old to be chief executive of anything, let alone the United States of America. If DeSantis runs against Biden in 2024, then DeSantis will easily win – he doesn’t even need to campaign.”
As for Trump’s latest barb, color Musk unimpressed:
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 12, 2022
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