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‘I’ll say what I want’

Elon Musk informed CNBC’s David Faber on Tuesday that he does not care if his inflammatory tweets scare advertisers away from Twitter.

“I am going to say what I need, and if the consequence of that’s shedding cash, so be it,” stated Musk, who owns Twitter.

Musk replied defensively as Faber pressed him over a tweet Monday night time during which he likened liberal billionaire and Democratic donor George Soros to X-Males villain Magneto, a Jewish Holocaust survivor. Musk has beforehand criticized Soros, as properly.

“He needs to erode the very material of civilization. Soros hates humanity,” Musk tweeted Monday.

Soros, who can be Jewish, is a favourite goal of proper wing pundits and politicians and infrequently the topic of anti-Semitic assaults. Soros Fund Administration additionally not too long ago lower its stake in Tesla.

“I am a pro-Semite, if something,” Musk stated when Faber requested him in regards to the criticism the Tesla CEO confronted over his Soros tweets.

For years, Musk has tweeted controversial objects, together with conspiracy theories and feedback his critics have referred to as broadly discriminatory.

Since he took over Twitter final fall, Twitter has skilled a pointy decline in promoting income. Final week, Musk employed former NBCUniversal promoting chief to interchange him as Twitter’s CEO, a transfer extensively seen as a technique to jumpstart Twitter’s advert enterprise. She began Sunday.

–CNBC’s Lora Kolodny contributed to this report.

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