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Far-right figures and white nationalists celebrate Elon Musk’s antisemitic post: “What we were saying in Charlottesville”

Content warning: This article contains examples of bigoted rhetoric and profanity.

Elon Musk, the owner of X (formerly Twitter), agreed with a paid X Premium user who claimed that Jewish communities push “hatred against whites” and support “hordes of minorities … flooding their country,” calling it “the actual truth.” In response, far-right figures and white nationalists have praised Musk for pushing the antisemitic conspiracy theory, echoing “what we were saying in Charlottesville” and “normalising our ideas.”

  • Musk agrees that Jewish communities push “hatred against whites,” calling it “the actual truth”

  • On X, Musk said it is “the actual truth” after an X Premium user claimed that Jewish communities push “hatred against whites.” Musk also claimed in a follow-up post that the Anti-Defamation League “unjustly attacks the majority of the West, despite the majority of the West supporting the Jewish people and Israel,” and “cannot, by their own tenets, criticize the minority groups who are their primary threat.” [Media Matters, 11/15/23; Twitter/X, 11/15/23]

  • The post Musk agreed with echoes the antisemitic “great replacement” conspiracy theory. The conspiracy theory, which falsely claims that Jewish people are helping minorities take over the United States, motivated the Tree of Life shooter in Pittsburgh who killed 11 people at a Jewish synagogue in 2018. [Media Matters, 11/16/23]

  • Musk has previously engaged with antisemitic figures and amplified conspiracy theories that the far right uses to push antisemitism. That includes boosting an anti-ADL campaign from an antisemitic YouTuber and claiming that Jewish philanthropist George Soros “wants open borders” and “hates humanity.” [Media Matters, 9/8/23]

  • Musk has reinstated numerous white nationalists and antisemites on X, and even shared ad revenue with some of them. Under Musk’s ownership, X has reinstated numerous far-right figures previously banned from the platform, including accounts of known white nationalists and antisemites. Some of these far-right figures have made money from the platform’s ad revenue sharing program for X Premium users, including a pro-Hitler and Holocaust denier account that said it was paid $3,000. [Media Matters, 11/11/22, 7/13/23, 11/13/23]

  • Far-right figures and white nationalists cheer Musk’s post pushing an antisemitic conspiracy theory

  • White nationalist Nick Fuentes: Musk is agreeing with “what we were saying in Charlottesville.” On his show, Fuentes claimed that the post Musk agreed with is “what we were saying in Charlottesville. This is like when the Charlottesville marchers said, ‘Jews will not replace us,’ that’s like a summary of that,” referring to the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Fuentes then said there was “good parts” in what Musk wrote and said, “This is the richest man in the world, and one of the top Twitter users with 160 million followers, casually drawing a link between Jewish influence and anti-white hatred,” calling it evidence that the conspiracy theory is going “mainstream.” From a ban evasion account on X, Fuentes also wrote “wow” in response to Musk’s post. [America First, 11/15/23; Twitter/X, 11/15/23; Southern Poverty Law Center, accessed 11/16/23]

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    Citation From the November 15, 2023, edition of Nick Fuentes' America First livestream

  • White nationalist Vincent James Foxx: Musk is “casually aiding in naming them on Twitter.” [Telegram, 11/15/23; Southern Poverty Law Center, 1/17/23]

  • Gab CEO Andrew Torba: Musk’s post is evidence in part that “Jews are the ones pushing anti-white hatred” and of “how far the Overton Window has shifted to the right.” Torba — a known white nationalist and antisemite and the CEO of the social media platform used by the Tree of Life shooter — cheered on Musk, posting a meme hyping the X owner for suggesting that “Jews are the ones pushing anti-white hatred.” He also seemingly credited Musk’s post as evidence that “those people on Gab and 4chan were right this entire time,” showing “just how far the Overton Window has shifted to the right in the past 24 hours. We’re winning hearts and minds.” Torba also praised Musk on his podcast, saying that Musk’s post showed that he is “waking up” and “knows a lot more about the situation than he leads on.” [Gab, 11/15/23, 11/15/23, 11/15/23, 11/16/23, The Parallel Christian Society Podcast, 11/15/23; Media Matters, 10/28/18, 2/18/22, 7/27/22]

  • “Stop the Steal” organizer Ali Alexander, who has pushed antisemitic rhetoric, thanked Musk for his post. [Telegram, 11/15/23; Media Matters, 9/21/23]

  • Antisemitic YouTuber Keith Woods: Musk’s post is evidence of “how much progress is being made normalising our ideas lately.” Woods — whose campaign attacking the ADL was previously embraced by Musk — added that “truly no political movement punches above their weight more than ours. Take it as inspiration to push even harder spreading our talking points everywhere you can.” [Telegram, 11/16/23; Media Matters, 9/1/23]

  • White nationalist Patrick Casey: “I like what I’m seeing from Elon Musk” with his posts because he is “pushing the envelope.” Casey, the former head of the white nationalist group Identity Evropa, also said that Musk was “dropping redpills” with his “huge platform.” [YouTube, 11/15/23; Southern Poverty Law Center, accessed 11/16/23]

  • Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones: Musk’s post is “the truth.” Jones said, “Was it antisemitic to say so many liberal Jews — the majority of Jews are liberal, in statistics — want to open borders up and bring in all these Muslims and want to bring refugees here but then Israel doesn’t want them,” adding, “That’s antisemitic? That’s the truth.” [Infowars, The Alex Jones Show, 11/16/23]

  • Far-right message board users praise Musk for seeing “the light of truth” and being “awaken[ed] to the Juden menace”

  • 4chan users: Musk is “ourguy” and has “awaken[ed] to the Juden menace.” A user on 4chan’s far-right “politically incorrect” message board known as “/pol/” wrote that Musk “just straight-up named them. Arguably the most influential person in the entire world just. fucking. named. them,” with other users calling Musk’s post “based,” urging others to “like elon’s tweet to show support,” and calling Musk “OURGUY” who has “AWAKEN[ED] TO THE JUDEN MENACE!!!” [Twitter/X, 11/15/23; 4chan, 11/15/23]

  • Users on TheDonald: “Elon Musk has seen the light of Truth” by agreeing with “facts.” A user on the far-right message board TheDonald praised Musk for having “seen the light of Truth” with his post, adding, “I am glad, not only for him, but for all of us.” Another user wrote, “If facts are anti semitic then it seems to me the problem isn’t the person pointing it out.” [Patriots.win, 11/15/23, 11/16/23]