Musk says George Soros “hates humanity,” and compares him to the Jewish supervillain

Elon Musk launched a series of attacks on George Soros overnight, tweeting that the Jewish-born investor and liberal philanthropist, often subject to anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, hates humanity and “wants to erode the fabric of civilization.”

Musk, who has overseen a rise in anti-Semitism and other hate speech on Twitter since he bought the social media platform last year, has given no reason for singling out Soros. But he made his comments three days after the Soros investment fund announced that it had sold all of its shares in Tesla, the electric car maker that Musk also runs.

And Musk appears to be specifically referring to the background of a 92-year-old Holocaust survivor by comparing Soros to Magneto – a Jewish supervillain who “fights to help mutants replace humans as the world’s dominant species,” as Marvel’s official character description describes him.

“Soros reminds me of Magneto,” Musk wrote at 10 p.m. Monday, referring to none. The tweet sparked a torrent of responses that compared Soros to various symbols of evil, recalling ancient conspiracy theories that depict him as a godlike Jewish billionaire using his philanthropic foundations to flood Europe with refugees and corrupt US politics.

Left-wing commentator Brian Krassenstein hit back at Musk, pointing out that Magneto is a Holocaust survivor in Marvel lore, in which the character manipulates magnetic fields to oppose (and sometimes help) the heroes of the X-Men movies and comics. “[Soros]who is also a Holocaust survivor, is attacked nonstop for his good intentions that some Americans think are bad simply because they do not agree with these political affiliations.”

Musk replied to Krasnstein five minutes later: “You assume they have good intentions. They are not. He wants to erode the very fabric of civilization. Soros hates humanity.”

Jonathan Greenblatt, chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League, which has classified similar conspiracy theories that Soros wants to take over the world, condemned his tweets on Tuesday morning.

“Utilizing antisemitic tropes, Soros is often credited by the alt-right as the source of the world’s problems,” Greenblatt wrote on Twitter. To see Elon Musk, no matter his intent, fuel this segment — comparing him to a Jewish villain, claiming that Soros “hates humanity” — is not only sad, it’s dangerous: He would embolden extremists who are already devising anti-Jewish plots and have a consequence, They tried to attack Soros and the Jewish communities.”

Musk, who removed Twitter’s media relations department, could not immediately be reached for a response.

Soros, who was forced into hiding as a Jewish teenager in Nazi-occupied Hungary, is a focus of international hostility because of his wealth, religious background, and his investments and the Open Society Foundations, which spend hundreds of millions of dollars promoting democratic institutions and liberal causes.

Glenn Beck attacked Soros in a three-part series on Fox News called “Puppet Master” in 2010. Donald Trump accused him of meddling in American politics. Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones spread lies that Soros turned against other Jews during World War II and collaborated with the Nazis.

Musk, who has used his position to amplify far-right figures since he bought Twitter for $44 billion last year, sounded more ambivalent about Soros a few months ago, when his company was still investing in Tesla.

Asked by Ian Miles Cheung — a far-right commentator who has since called for Soros’ arrest — what questions Musk would ask the philanthropist, Musk replied: “Do you really know where your money is going?”

In March, Musk got into a conversation with far-right Twitter user Catord, who was promoting a mostly false claim that Soros had donated $1 million to the New York District Attorney.

“Soros has come up with a smart arbitrage opportunity,” Musk told Catord. He said that small political contests have a much greater impact on every dollar spent than large races, so it is much easier to influence the outcome.

Indeed, The Washington Post’s Fact Checker found the claim deeply misleading and wrote that it “plays on stereotypes of wealthy Jewish financiers who secretly control events.”

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