MAGA Republican ringleader Steve Bannon recently fired shots at Elon Musk last night on Timcast IRL. Bannon said that Elon Musk is “owned by the Chinese Communist Party.” Elon Musk then responded, saying “I used to think Bannon was smart & evil, but now I realize I was wrong about the first part.”
After Bannon called Musk a phony owned by the Chinese, and Musk responds calling Bannon evil and not smart, Bannon says he called out Musk as a “running dog” for repeatedly coming to the WH seeking bailouts.
These come after Twitter CEO Elon Musk made some bold comments. Musk and former Donald Trump strategist Steve Bannon tend to sit on the same side of the political aisle but the two men don’t seem to like each other very much.
Tim Pool, a right-wing podcaster, recently asked Bannon to comment on the CEO of Razer, Min-Liang Tan, encouraging Musk to buy the collapsed Silicon Valley Bank. The tech-focused lender crumbled on Friday, making it the second-largest bank failure in US history.
Musk went on to reply that he was “open to the idea”. Bannon scoffed at the idea, which Pool called “a bit silly”, and launched into a rant about the Tesla CEO’s alleged deference to Beijing.
The former Trump strategist tore into Mr Musk, claiming he has refused to reinstate the Twitter accounts of “true” anti-Chinese government personalities — himself included — since he took over the site.
“Really?” Congressman Matt Gaetz, who was also on the episode, asked, apparently shocked.
“He’s owned by the Chinese Communist Party,” Mr. Bannon said.
He claimed that Musk’s “only thing of real value” was Tesla, and that the “Shanghai joint venture” — Tesla’s planned Gigafactory 3 plant in Shanghai — is “one hundred per cent controlled” by the Chinese government.
Pool also claimed that Musk had been pressured by the Chinese government to stop promoting the “lab leak” coronavirus origin theory, and that he had bent to that pressure. Bannon noted that Musk had not deleted his original tweets, but also did not add any additional tweets after the alleged pressure from the Chinese.
Gaetz clipped the potion of the interview in which the former Trump aide blasts Musk and shared it to Twitter, tagging the company’s CEO and asking him for his thoughts.
Bannon claimed that he and former President Donald Trump rejected Musk pleading for government money in 2017.
BREAKING: MAGA Republican ringleader Steve Bannon just completely unloaded on Elon Musk last night on Timcast IRL.
Bannon says that Elon Musk is "owned by the Chinese Communist Party." Elon Musk then responded, saying "I used to think Bannon was smart & evil, but now I realize… https://t.co/fxhUEYnyOc pic.twitter.com/PcmjoZn5tl
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) March 11, 2023
After Bannon called Musk a phony owned by the Chinese, and Musk responds calling Bannon evil and not smart, Bannon says he called out Musk as a “running dog” for repeatedly coming to the WH seeking bailouts. pic.twitter.com/UFa9qf17Qa
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) March 11, 2023