The latest edition of the Elon Musk Twitter experience features the unfathomably wealthy right-wing owner of the site arguing that Jews are wrong about antisemitism. In his telling, Jewish communities are overly concerned with white nationalists like those he has welcomed to his social media platform, when they should worry instead about the brown “hordes” that they themselves have welcomed to the United States.
“You have said the actual truth” was Musk’s Wednesday night response to a paid X Premium user who, in explaining why “Hitler was right,” accused Jewish communities in the U.S. of “dialectical hatred against whites” and blamed them for “flooding their country” with “hordes of minorities.” Musk went on to clarify that he was not talking about all Jews, just the Anti-Defamation League (which has criticized Musk for white nationalist content on his platform) and unnamed others he claimed were “unjustly” focusing on “the majority of the West” rather than “the minority groups who are their primary threat.”
There’s a lot to unpack here, all of it bad. Musk is promoting the white nationalist “great replacement” conspiracy theory, as many have noted. That blood-soaked fantasy was touted by tiki torchbearers chanting “Jews will not replace us” and echoed by several murderous white supremacists, including the terrorist who massacred Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue, even as it spread through Fox News and the right-wing media and became a fixture of GOP politics. And unlike others who have adopted a less explicit version of the theory, Musk is, in the parlance of the white nationalists who applauded his remark, explicitly “naming the Jew” as the source of the problem.
Musk has spent the year since his takeover of Twitter (which he renamed X) transforming it into a friendly place for antisemites. He reinstated the accounts of white nationalists and neo-Nazis, refused to take down such content, ran ads from major companies alongside it, and apparently paid ad revenue sharing to a pro-Hitler account.
Musk could have been taking a principled stance that the platform should welcome all speech, even speech he vehemently disagrees with and finds abhorrent, in line with his absurd self-description as a “free speech absolutist.” Or he could have been making a business decision that his floundering company desperately needs to boost revenue by keeping as many people on X as possible.
But Musk’s latest remarks suggest a much darker explanation: He is boosting white nationalists because he agrees their views are “the actual truth.”
He agrees with them that criticisms of white nationalists are actually attacks on the entire white population.
He agrees with them that anti-white racism is a major American problem and that there is a broad conspiracy seeking the “extinction” of white people.
He agrees with them that Jews in particular who criticize white nationalism are really engaged in “hatred against whites.”
He agrees with them that “minority” immigrants to the U.S. are faceless “hordes” whose presence is destroying the fabric of the country.
He agrees with them that “Jewish communities” are specifically implicated in that immigration and thus bear responsibility for the civilization-destroying impact of those “hordes.”
Musk — a GOP hero of phenomenal wealth and power, the recipient of major U.S. government contracts who effectively conducts his own foreign policy, and the owner of a major social media hub — seems to share the views of a garden-variety neo-Nazi.
We are all in a lot of trouble.