Customary of controversial messages, billionaire Elon Musk launched a double salvo on Thursday by accusing an American regulator of seeking to muzzle his freedom of expression and comparing the Canadian Prime Minister to Hitler in a tweet which he later deleted.
A lawyer for electric car manufacturer Tesla said in a letter to a judge on Thursday that the Stock Exchange Constable (SEC) was conducting a “harassment campaign” against Elon Musk, as part of an agreement between the two parties. The SEC had imposed several sanctions after a tweet in which the entrepreneur assured in 2018 that he had the appropriate funding to withdraw Tesla from the stock market, without providing proof. After a new unfortunate tweet in early 2019, Elon Musk had agreed that his messages directly related to Tesla’s activity be pre-approved by a competent lawyer before being posted on social networks.
But the SEC did not fulfill its part of the agreement, delaying paying shareholders the $ 40 million in fines imposed on Elon Musk and Tesla, says the lawyer. She uses this agreement instead. “to try to muzzle and harass Mr. Musk and Tesla”notably “because Mr. Musk regularly criticizes government intervention”he says in his letter. “The SEC’s overreaching efforts appear calculated to temper” the right to freedom of expression, it is added.
Comparison to Hitler
This missive was made public a few hours after the entrepreneur posted an image on Twitter comparing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Adolf Hitler. The richest man in the world had already supported Canadian drivers leading the protest on the social network.
On Thursday, he was responding to an article reporting that Canadian authorities had asked financial institutions not to facilitate the financial transactions of 34 cryptocurrency accounts that may have supported protesters opposing health restrictions. Pictured is a picture of the Nazi leader and the messages “stop comparing me to Justin Trudeau”. The Committee of American Jews reacted on the social network by considering that Elon Musk had shown a “extremely poor discernment in invoking Hitler to make his point of view on social networks”. “He must apologize immediately”is added.