Just tell me what happened. You write this tweet that says that this is the actual truth. People read that tweet — “Yes.” — and they say, ”Elon Musk is an antisemite.“ That he is riling up this base. You’re hearing it from, as I said, the White House. You’re hearing it from Jewish groups all over. And I’m an American Jew. It wasn’t just the people who had that view. It was actually people who really are antisemites who said, ”Oh, my goodness — go, go, Elon, this is fabulous.“ And that actually was the thing that really, really set me back. And I said to myself, ”What’s going on here?“ And I want to know how you felt about that in that moment when you saw all of this happening. Yeah, well, first of all, I did clarify almost immediately what I meant. I would say that was, you know, if I could go back and say I should in retrospect, not have replied to that particular person and I should have written in greater length as to what I meant. I did subsequently clarify it in replies, but those clarifications were ignored by the media. And essentially I handed a loaded gun to those who hate me and arguably to those who are antisemitic too. And for that, I’m quite sorry — that is not, that was not my intention. But there’s a public perception that was part of a apology tour, if you will, that this had been said online. There was all of the criticism. There was advertisers leaving. We talked to Bob Iger. I hope they stop. ”You hope —“ Don’t advertise. ”You don’t want them to advertise?“ No. ”What do you mean?“ If someone’s going to try to blackmail me with advertising, blackmail me with money. Go [expletive] yourself.
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