The world’s richest man posted a satirical meme on Twitter. “Stop comparing me to Justin Trudeau,” the meme read. At the bottom, it said: “I had a budget.”
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) February 17, 2022
The Tesla CEO was responding to a Twitter post by the trade publication CoinDesk, which reported that the Canadian government was cracking down on crypto transactions aimed at helping the truckers protesting vaccine mandates.
Musk, 50, voiced admiration for Canadian truckers early on in the protests. He’s suggested that the Canadian government is suppressing peaceful demonstrations and lacks public support.
Backlash over Musk’s Hitler meme
The American Jewish Committee issued a statement condemning Musk’s tweet soon after it appeared.
“Once again, Elon Musk has exercised extremely poor judgment by invoking Hitler to make a point on social media. He must stop this unacceptable behavior,” the AJC said.
“Musk may believe posting a meme comparing Justin Trudeau to a genocidal dictator who exterminated millions is an appropriate way to criticize policies he disagrees with. It is not. It never is.”
The group added: “Musk must apologize and find other ways to voice his displeasure.”
The chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., who was born to a Canadian mother and South African father, moved to Canada as a teen before enrolling at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He then moved to the U.S. to study at the University of Pennsylvania.
Many others took to Twitter to express their anger at Musk’s tweet. “I hope all the Elon Musk fanatics out there are slowly waking up to what a reckless, malignant narcissist he is,” one user said.
“Having been initial supporter of SpaceX and Elon Musk, I have come to completely despise him over the last several years. He is truly an odious person who should never be allowed to launch any private expeditions beyond Earth,” another user argued, while a third said: “Elon Musk posting Hitler memes in the least surprising development of 2022.”
“This is what debate is coming to? Musk uses a Hitler comparison? The outrageous suggestion that Canada has any resemblance to fascist Germany is vulgar, inaccurate, inflammatory and is insulting to survivors of the Holocaust,” another user said.