The White House accused Elon Musk on Friday of having made a “abject promotion of anti-Semitic and racist hatred” in one of his publications on his social network X, formerly Twitter. The billionaire responded Wednesday to a post claiming that Jewish people encourage “hatred against white people,” saying, “You told the exact truth.”
For the White House, the publication merely repeats a conspiracy theory popular among white nationalists, according to which Jews have a secret plan to encourage illegal immigration to Western countries in order to undermine the white majority there.
This conspiracy theory was notably taken up by the author of the attack in a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018, which left 11 dead. “It is unacceptable to repeat the heinous lie that led to the deadliest act of anti-Semitism in American history,” Andrew Bates, a White House spokesman, said in a statement. , in reference to this attack.
After his first response, Elon Musk continued by asserting that the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), an association fighting anti-Semitism, “unfairly attacks a majority of the West, despite the fact that the majority of the "West supports Jewish people and Israel." “This is because they cannot, according to their own principles, criticize the minority groups who represent the main threat” to Jewish people, he added.
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The ADL is one of the NGOs denouncing a notable increase in disinformation and homophobic and racist insults on X, since moderation rules changed with the arrival of Elon Musk. The owner of Tesla or even SpaceX had already attacked the ADL in early September by asserting that the group was “responsible for the majority of the loss of income” of X.