Tesla’s Boss Elon Musk; has compared Canadian Prime Minister to ruthless German Nazi dictator Hitler.
In a tweet; Elon Musk compared Trudeau with Adolf Hitler; He appeared to support truckers protesting vaccine mandates; and which immediately triggered a storm on Twitter.
Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Inc; in late January tweeted support for the Canadian truckers; who have shut down roads as well as bridges; drawing international attention to their opposition to health policies pushed by Trudeau’s government.
Responding to a tweet describing how Trudeau’s government had ordered banks to help cut funding to the protesters; Musk posted a meme of a photo of Hitler, with the inscription “Stop comparing me to Justin Trudeau” written above his head; and “I had a budget” below it.
The tweet also came as Musk and Tesla on Thursday accused the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission of an “endless” investigation to punish Musk for criticism of the U.S. government.
The Tesla Boss has an estimated 74 million followers on Twitter; making his one of its most prominent accounts.
Musk is known for edgy humor as well as blunt assessments; but his comparison of Trudeau with the Nazi leader, who was responsible for the genocide of millions of Jews and starting World War Two, went too far for many Twitter users.
A tweeter user handle wrote; “@elonmusk making a disgusting comparison of Trudeau to Hitler; Don’t do this kind of stuff; You just look dumb.”
The American Jewish Committee responded to Musk’s tweet with a call for an immediate apology.
Canadian Industry Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne addressed Musk on Twitter, telling him his reported comments were “quite frankly shocking”.
But his tweet also had more than 35,000 likes, more than 9,000 retweets and many positive responses, including one from @maroongolf17 saying “my next car has to be a #tesla now.”
“Musk may believe posting a meme comparing Justin Trudeau to a genocidal dictator who exterminated millions is an appropriate way to criticise policies he disagrees with. It is not. It never is. Musk must apologize and find other ways to voice his displeasure,” said Auschwitz-Birknau museum
Musk did not respond to the AJC or the Auschwitz-Birkenau museum, but posted another tweet that suggested his Twitter followers read a book about the economic history of Nazi Germany for “an in-depth explanation”.
The world’s wealthiest person, with a $236bn (£173bn) fortune; made the original post in response to reports that Canadian authorities had ordered banks to block cryptocurrency donations to anti-vaccine protesters.