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Fresh off his two-week tour while on the red pill, billionaire rabble-rouser Elon Musk is back to his old leftist ways. Rejecting his newfound fame as a troll for the right, Musk has taken to another round of undermining the President and calling for massive government subsidies. With his self-centered attitude on full display, will conservatives finally see Musk for what he truly is? An opportunistic parasite and fraud.
Musk returned to his #Resistance roots by tweeting his opposition towards President Trump’s temporary suspension of work visas. A short-term measure designed to help Americans struggling through the worst recession in a generation, the Tesla CEOs’ opposition is just the latest example of how he stands against the conservative movement and American workers’ best interests. Whatever will save him a buck is what rules the day, America be damned.
His self-centered vision has been on full display since the earliest days of the administration.
A long time never-Trumper, Musk had miraculously found his way onto a number of advisory councils to the President. But after the President began his America First agenda and pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, Musk decided to grandstand and resign his position publicly. He’s spent much of the last four years in opposition to the President’s policies, taking shots at the President over his improved safety measurers with risky nations. He even labeled Trump – and his supporters – as war-starting extremists. Yet, because of his public spat with the coronavirus, some conservatives pushed him atop a pedestal.
If his recent words of the opposition to the President haven’t lost him his hero credential, his subsidy demands surely should.
His lockdown spat support reached its crescendo with his announced exodus from liberal California to more free-market based states. Musk, however, has taken the relocation as an opportunity to cash-in with a bidding war for his factories. Reports last week show he’s begun negotiating with Texas for subsidies worth tens-of-millions of dollars, along with rival offers from Tulsa, Joplin, and beyond.
Additionally, he found time to ask Texas for millions of dollars in infrastructure upgrades to his SpaceX facility, even though it’s supposed to be a private company. Just a few weeks after his prototype Starship exploded – yet again- he now wants Texans to open their pocketbooks for his venture capital endeavors. It’s a continuation of a subsidy-attitude that’s been prevalent his entire career.
Nothing about that screams conservative. This guy deserves the Mitt Romney award for terrible political instincts. But he keeps getting away with it.
Of course, this has been a long-running criticism of Musk. His companies have a long history of relying on public dollars for their survival. Tesla has been dependent on government subsidies since day one, SpaceX still counts the federal government as its biggest client, and you don’t need to remind a real conservative about the disaster that is Solar City.
Up until his COVID protests, conservatives seemed steady on their distaste for the billionaire who stayed rich on the backs of taxpayer dollars. Now, after a short hiatus, Republicans need to remember that this is who Musk is, and he’s not on their side.
It’s time to hold Musk accountable. His transparent opposition to the president should be noted, just as the Trump White House should recognize and cut off the taxpayer gravy train that’s sustained his businesses since the very beginning. American companies that put America First should receive the conservative movement and executive’s support – not a rabble-rouser that only puts on a MAGA hat when convenient. We have enough vicious opportunists, we won’t miss this one.