June 19, 2024
Elon Musk extended his baseless tweet about Nancy Pelosi's husband to a trend of posting 'some things that would be stupid.'

  • Elon Musk didn’t feel too bad about tweeting a baseless conspiracy theory about Paul Pelosi, according to a new book.
  • “I am who I am,” Musk reportedly said during a series of meetings with Twitter employees and advertisers.
  • Musk also reportedly said, “I’m going to tweet some things that are going to be stupid.”

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According to a biography of Elon Musk, when Twitter employees and the company’s advertisers confronted him about his deleted tweets offering baseless conspiracy theories about the violent attack on Paul Pelosi, he was largely unrepentant. .

Biographer Walter Isaacson quotes Musk as saying during a series of meetings, “I am who I am.” “My Twitter account is an extension of me personally, and, like, I’m going to tweet some things that are going to be stupid, and I’m going to make mistakes.

Privately, Musk considered Pelosi’s tweet “one of his stupidest mistakes,” Isakson wrote. But in this series of meetings, the billionaire projected “cold disbelief” about his actions.

Musk posted a link to a story in the Santa Monica Observer that claimed Paul Pelosi was drunk and arguing with a male escort at the time of the attack. There was no such evidence at the time, although the conservative media was awash in speculation. Evidence regarding the October 2022 attack later revealed how unfounded these theories were. Twitter’s CEO – Musk has since rebranded the company as X – quickly deleted the post. Later he also apologized for this.

Isakson previously told CNBC that Musk would also simply post things “impulsively.”

“He does this often, which is tweet things very impulsively and then I think – obviously from the fact that he deleted it – he thought, ‘Okay, this became something that needed to be put out there. It was unwise to keep it,” Isakson said in an interview with CNBC Squawk Box.

Advertisers were not happy, Isaacson wrote.

“Twitter was supposed to be a billion-dollar business, not an extension of Elon Musk’s quirks and flaws,” Isaacson wrote.

Musk did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.


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