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Elon Musk’s lib-trolling is backfiring

By Jemima Kelly

15 Dec 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

While Elon Musk has been calling out groupthink and virtue-signaling on the left, he’s failed to notice how he’s guilty of the same things as a member of the “anti-woke” tribe, argues an FT columnist.

If you were in charge of running three major companies, were father to 10 children (four of whom were under three), and fancied yourself as crucial to “the future of civilisation”, you might be a bit selective about what activities were worthy of your time, or what events were going to be worth turning up to. But you, probably, are not Elon Musk.

Still, it must have come as quite the nasty surprise for the second-richest man in the world when he was greeted by loud and lengthy boos, rather than the adulation he seems to have expected, after being brought on stage by comedian Dave Chappelle in San Francisco on Sunday night.

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