Elon Musk Slammed for Meme Comparing Justin Trudeau Unfavorably to Hitler Over Trucker Crackdown: ‘What the Actual F*ck?’
Tesla CEO Elon Musk got dragged across the coals for posting a meme likening Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Adolf Hitler over his handling of the “Freedom Convoy” trucker protests.
Trudeau announced earlier this week that the Canadian government will invoke emergency powers to address the blockade of truckers protesting vaccine mandates. The Emergencies Act will give Trudeau the power to cut off funding to the truckers as their protests disrupt Ottawa, and the news outlet CoinDesk published a report saying Canadian authorities have ordered financial institutions to stop all cryptocurrency transactions that go towards funding the truckers.
Responding to the report, Musk decided to tweet out a picture of Hitler with the caption: “Stop comparing me to Justin Trudeau. I had a budget.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 17, 2022
UPDATE: Elon Musk deleted this tweet on Thursday afternoon. Here is a screenshot.
Musk has expressed his support for the trucker protest before, though he has also made fun of people who use Hitler comparisons to score political points. However, since Musk decided to compare Trudeau to the Nazi German dictator who murdered millions of Jews and others in a campaign of genocide, many people have taken notice of his tweet, and they made it clear they don’t approve:
— David Reevely (@davidreevely) February 17, 2022
What the actual fuck https://t.co/a74kIx2VIx
— Trevor Robb (@TrevorRobb_) February 17, 2022
Oh, so Elon is now tweeting silly Hilter memes like it’s no biggie. https://t.co/352ToeS29e
— Kimberley Johnson (@AuthorKimberley) February 17, 2022
Elon Musk, with some thoughts about what the upsides were to Hitler: https://t.co/rMi8gVKhv8
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) February 17, 2022
Time’s “Person of the Year” just casually posting Hitler memes. https://t.co/zIv9ehqCe9
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) February 17, 2022
Aside from being grossly offensive, this isn’t even accurate. The last thing Hitler cared about is someone telling him, say, “Don’t invade Russia, it will drain the national treasury.”https://t.co/ZYBSIduvn5
— Gary Legum (@GaryLegum) February 17, 2022
Godwin called. https://t.co/XkLZcOlXkV
— BertelSchmitt™💉💉🎩🎩🎩🎩🎩 (@BertelSchmitt) February 17, 2022
From the American Jewish Committee:
.@ElonMusk has exercised extremely poor judgment by invoking Hitler to make a point on social media.
Comparing @CanadianPM Justin Trudeau to a genocidal dictator who murdered millions is not an appropriate way to criticize policies.
He must apologize immediately. https://t.co/jZzVyii6IU
— American Jewish Committee (@AJCGlobal) February 17, 2022
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