In a Tweet that hit the wrong chord with Jewish communities, Tesla CEO Elon Musk likened Justin Trudeau to Adolf Hitler for the Canadian prime minister’s decision to go after those financing the trucker protest and added that Trudeau was less competent than the Nazi.
Angered by Musk’s reply to a tweet reporting that Canadian authorities have instructed financial institutions not to do business with agencies funneling money to the truckers protesting Canada’s vaccine policies, Jewish groups condemned the maverick tech supreme for his sheer neglect towards Jewish sentiments.
His response to the said Tweet was a meme of a photo of Hitler with the text: “Stop comparing me to Justin Trudeau. I had a budget.”
In reaction, the American Jewish Committee said in a tweet, “.@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.”
Jonathan Greenblatt, the Anti-Defamation League CEO said, “As we’ve said many times before, false comparisons of public leaders to Hitler are hurtful and offensive and only serve to trivialize the history of World War II and the Holocaust. Elon Musk’s tweet comparing Prime Minster Trudeau to Hitler has no place in civil discourse. We urge him to pull it down immediately, and apologize.”
Rep. Casey Weinstein, a Jewish Ohio state legislator who owns a Tesla, said, I try to look past this stuff. But damn man. You make it hard to be a Tesla fan.”
Following the uproar and heavy criticism, Musk deleted the tweet.