Premature victory declarations, feuds, scandals… is Elon Musk following in Donald Trump’s footsteps?

Elon Musk

  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk appears to be taking a page from former US President Donald Trump.
  • And much like the former president, Musk seems immune to scandal.
  • Both Musk’s supporters and Trump’s supporters seem willing to turn a blind eye to the suspicious behavior he sometimes displays.

Elon Musk appears to be copying Donald Trump’s “ways.”

Musk previously took a jab at Trump, saying he was too old to run for president again.

But now, from his premature declarations of victory to his self-instigated feuds and his resilience to scandal, Musk seems increasingly to be emulating Trump as a PR model.

That approach seems to be working for Musk.

For example, in a very Trump-like move, Musk took premature victory bid after his huge bonus was approved hours before Tesla made a formal announcement.

Headache

Trump was found guilty on 34 counts of misrepresenting his extramarital affairs and is facing multiple other lawsuits, but Musk has his own headaches.

Eight former SpaceX employees filed a lawsuit against Musk in 2022, claiming they were wrongfully fired for speaking out against a hostile work environment.

Other new allegations, reported by The Wall Street Journal, allege Musk has blurred the lines between himself and the women who work for him, including allegations that he repeatedly asked female SpaceX employees to have children with him and then denied them promotions when they refused.

Unaffected by scandal

Like Trump, Musk seems unaffected by scandal.

Both have the backing of some big names in Silicon Valley: tech venture capitalists David Sacks and Chamath Palihapitiya hosted a fundraiser for the Republican presidential candidate in San Francisco earlier this month, according to Reuters.

And in Musk’s case, no matter how bad his relationship scandals are, he can count on the support of his legion of fans on X (formerly Twitter).

The feud with Zuckerberg

One of Musk’s long-running battles is his nearly eight-year feud with Mehta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, to the point where he challenged him to a cage fight.

It also filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and CEO Sam Altman in February, accusing the company of violating its nonprofit mission by partnering with Microsoft, though the lawsuit was dropped in June for unclear reasons.

There’s also the issue of substance use: Musk acknowledged in a March interview that he uses a “small amount” of ketamine every other week, and when pressed further, he seemed to imply that it’s not a problem in America’s Wall Street.

Both Musk supporters and Trump supporters seem willing to turn a blind eye to behavior that other people would not tolerate.

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Source: BusinessInsider

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