The wealthiest man in the world is spreading the same antisemitic conspiracy theory a mass shooter in 2018 referenced to justify the slaughter of 11 worshippers at a Pennsylvania synagogue.
On Wednesday, Elon Musk endorsed a post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, accusing Jewish communities of “pushing the exact kind of dialectical hatred against whites that they claim to want people to stop using against them.” The post went on to claim that “Western Jewish populations” support “hordes of minorities…flooding their country.”
Musk latched the argument to his long-running feud with the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish nonprofit aimed at combatting antisemitism.
The Great Replacement conspiracy theory—this particular iteration of it—has a long and violent history that dates back more than 100 years. It was espoused five years ago by Robert Gregory Bowers moments before he burst into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and opened fire. Now, due to Musk’s online raving, a version of Bowers’s theory was regurgitated before the 163 million people who follow the proprietor on the platform. [Continue reading…]