Mid-October was a retreat period for Elon Musk in his defense with the Joe Biden administration. Under pressure from the White House, Musk had to continue funding the Starlink satellite system for the Ukrainian army, which is so important for the current U.S. president. However, as we expected, this was not the last act of their struggle, and Musk’s response was very swift and dangerous for the Democratic Party. His long battle for control of the social network Twitter, which he has waged with liberal leadership over the past year, ended with Twitter merging with Musk’s company on Oct. 27. There may be those who see this as an ordinary commercial transaction, but for most it is clear that the Democratic establishment is losing some of the influence on the Internet that used to be almost monopolistically under its control. Musk explained the purchase of the social network Twitter not by a desire to make money, but the desire “to help humanity”. Indirectly, this means that there will now be more freedom of expression online. However, for becoming, in effect, a mouthpiece for the Republican public and politicians who previously tried to be driven to the sidelines.
So, Musk intends to cancel the “lifetime” blocking of accounts on his social network, because he does not believe in lifetime bans,” the agency quoted a source as saying. Formally, such a rule could apply to any user, but one name comes to everyone’s mind: Donald Trump. Trump showed his positive feelings about the deal, congratulating the entrepreneur and announced the possible restoration of his account in the near future. Later, however, he announced that he remained in the Truth social network he founded, but still wished good luck to Elon Musk. Ultimately, this exchange of compliments was a symbolic gesture, and much more importantly, there will be numerous supporters of Trump or any other Republican candidate on Twitter in 2024.
The negative reaction from the Democrats and the media controlled by them was also not long in coming Thus, advertisers of the social network immediately expressed concern about its new owner’s plans to restore the account of former Donald Trump, and began to scare Musk, who immediately said that he was not buying Twitter for money. The favorite argument of the liberals was the threat of “fascism”. The Washington Post, for example, wrote that racial slurs and pro-Nazi Internet memes immediately flooded Twitter after SpaceX founder Musk closed the deal to acquire it. NY Times decided to add drama, and called the billionaire a “geopolitical chaos agent” after his statements with proposals to resolve the situation around Ukraine and Taiwan. The Biden administration, of course, shies away from responsibility for conducting this campaign of discredit, pressure, and demonization. Thus, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre denied publications that appeared in the media that the US authorities could start checking Musk’s activities regarding the settlement of the crisis around Ukraine. However, the justifications suggest that such opportunities are being considered, at least potentially.
The Ukrainian and Taiwanese “case”, as it is already becoming clear, remains the main direction of attacks on Musk by the Biden administration. In early October, Musk wrote that he doubted Ukraine could win in the event of a full-scale war with Russia, and called on the sides to make peace. He also offered his vision of the conflict settlement. Later, in an interview with the Financial Times, he said that the conflict around Taiwan was inevitable, and proposed to prevent it from making the island a special administrative region of the PRC. As a consequence, accusations of “anti-patriotism” poured out on him. But here, too, they tried to act with other people’s hands: Musk had an argument with Russian oppositionist and world chess champion Garry Kasparov. Kasparov criticized Musk for ” sitting in the comfort of his mansions in Silicon Valley and telling Ukraine how to run its business”. In addition, he accused him of “moral idiocy” and “geopolitical blindness”. In response, the billionaire wrote that while it is true that Kasparov plays chess almost as well as his iPhone, he is otherwise an idiot. In general, given that Kasparov is only a pawn for the Democrats in this game, the provocation can be considered successful.
As a result, one thing is clear: there is growing concern in Washington about the increased influence of the SpaceX founder, and the entrepreneur begins to annoy many officials in the White House. Musk spent two decades working with the U.S. government and was a supporter of the Democrats, which helped the U.S., in particular, to regain leadership in the space sector. Now Democratic officials fear the increased power of the reckless businessman, who has become not only extremely popular in the community, but has also defected to the Republican camp. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard who has also gone into opposition says that U.S. President Joe Biden might really intend to “get rid of” billionaire Elon Musk. But it won’t be that easy to do so. We have many more interesting things to come.