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Elon Musk on antisemitic great replacement theory post: ‘You have said the actual truth’

The X CEO posted approvingly of a dangerous canard

Elon Musk approved of a social media post that claimed “western Jewish populations” were “flooding their country” with “hordes of minorities,” writing to the user who posted the message, “you have said the actual truth.”

The exchange came Wednesday, after a user on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, which Musk owns, shared a video from Stand Up to Jewish Hate, and invited antisemites to express their bigotry “to our faces.”

In response, a user whose handle is “The Artist Formerly Known as Eric” posted that Jews are “pushing” a “dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them.” He then went on to state that Jews were pushing minorities into Western countries, a conspiracy theory known as the great replacement, which motivated a number of antisemitic and racist attacks, including the October 2018 Tree of Life Massacre.

Musk, who has tried to rebut accusations of antisemitism on his platform, despite often engaging with its white nationalists, elaborated upon his endorsement of the user’s post by going after the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish nonprofit that he has accused of tanking the value of X. In September, Musk threatened to sue the organization for $4 billion.

“The ADL unjustly attacks the majority of the West, despite the majority of the West supporting the Jewish people and Israel,” Musk posted. “This is because they cannot, by their own tenets, criticize the minority groups who are their primary threat.”

When someone told Musk not to generalize the Jewish community, Musk said “You [sic] right that this does not extend to all Jewish communities, but it is also not just limited to ADL.”

“And, at the risk of being repetitive, I am deeply offended by ADL’s messaging and any other groups who push de facto anti-white racism or anti-Asian racism or racism of any kind,” Musk concluded.

Elad Noharai, who has called Musk “the most dangerous antisemite in America,” argued on X that Musk’s approval of the great replacement post was “his latest, worst and most overt antisemitism yet,” largely because he is no longer leaning on innuendo by speaking about a specific person like George Soros. 

“Overt antisemitism is now being promoted by the owner of X who is also the richest man in the world,” Noharai wrote in a thread. “His reach is enormous. He has destroyed moderation here. Neo-Nazis are making money from the platform. This is a hate site.”

In a statement to the Forward, White House spokesperson Andrew Bates said of Musk’s “actual truth” post that it was “unacceptable to repeat the hideous lie behind the most fatal act of Antisemitism in American history at any time, let alone one month after the deadliest day for the Jewish people since the Holocaust.”

“We condemn this abhorrent promotion of Antisemitic and racist hate in the strongest terms, which runs against our core values as Americans,” Bates wrote. “We all have a responsibility to bring people together against hate, and an obligation to speak out against anyone who attacks the dignity of their fellow Americans and compromises the safety of our communities.”

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