Photo of Elon Musk and Jared Kushner: After watching the France vs. Argentina World Cup final with Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner on Sunday in Qatar, Elon Musk stirred up more controversy on Twitter.
Images of the couple were widely disseminated on social media, and many users questioned their relationship.
Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell of California tweeted a photo with the caption, “They say a picture is worth a thousand words…”
The people have spoken.
Accounts who doxxed my location will have their suspension lifted now. https://t.co/MFdXbEQFCe
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2022
Cohen appeared to be referring to reports that Kushner, a top adviser in the Trump administration, received a $2 billion investment from the Public Investment Fund run by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after leaving the White House last year. In June, the House Oversight Committee said it would investigate this transaction.
The New York Times reports that the funds were invested in Kushner’s newly founded private equity firm, Affinity Partners. The Times reports that the Saudi fund would receive at least 28 percent of Kushner’s company in exchange for its investments. When the crown prince and Kushner first met in 2016, they began dating.
More like 2 billion! https://t.co/rWoXN2Bjus
— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) December 18, 2022
In the meantime, YouTube personality Philip DeFranco criticized the two on Twitter, writing, “Famous free speech warrior and centrist Elon Musk, hanging out with JaredKushner at the World Cup as Twitter announces a HUGE social media crackdown.” It is now against the rules to provide a link to your Facebook, Instagram, Truth Social, or Linktree.”
Jordan Zakarin, a reporter and producer for the progressive, non-profit media outlet More Perfect Union, also tweeted his thoughts on Musk and Kushner: “Elon Musk and Jared Kushner at the World Cup with the Saudis. Nobody doxx him. Elon deserves time alone with his family.”
Famed free speech warrior and centrist, Elon Musk, hanging out with Jared Kushner at the World Cup, as Twitter announces a HUGE social media crackdown.
It is now against the rules to link out to your FB, Instagram, Truth Social, and even giving people your Linktree.
— Philip DeFranco 👊🏻 (@PhillyD) December 18, 2022
Dash Dobrofsky, an actor and producer, pointed out multiple “coincidences” in the photo, stating, “Elon Musk was at the World Cup with Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump who received a $2 Billion investment from a Saudi Arabian fund led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The second-largest investor in Twitter is a Saudi Arabian prince. Numerous coincidences exist here.”
MeidasTouch, a political action committee, also posted the image on Twitter with the following caption: “Breaking: Lavern Spicer appears to have violated Twitter’s Terms of Service by posting Elon Musk and Jared Kushner’s real-time assassination coordinates.”
Elon Musk and Jared Kushner at the World Cup with the Saudis. Nobody doxx him, Elon deserves his private time with his family. pic.twitter.com/29SktBHnRN
— Jordan Zakarin (@jordanzakarin) December 18, 2022
Political analyst Craig Agranoff told Newsweek on Sunday, “Elon Musk’s relationship with Jared Kushner is not necessarily ‘bad.'” It is ultimately up to Elon Musk to decide how and with whom he wishes to spend his time.
Agranoff continued, “It would be inappropriate for us to evaluate the quality of their interactions. Kushner served as a senior advisor to President Donald Trump in the past. Some individuals may disagree with his political views or actions and deem Elon Musk’s association with him inappropriate.”
Look who is at the World Cup with Elon 👀 pic.twitter.com/5zR05IGGVh
— Lavern Spicer 🇺🇸 (@lavern_spicer) December 18, 2022
The social media backlash follows a recent barrage of criticism Musk received for suspending reporters on Twitter after claiming they leaked his real-time location information. The CEO of Twitter has already expressed concern over Jack Sweeney, the creator of ElonJet, for publishing the location of his private jet online.
According to the Associated Press, Musk threatened Sweeney and “organizations who supported harm to my family” with legal action. According to the AP, it is unclear what legal action Musk could take against Sweeney for “an account that automatically posted public flight information.”
The accounts of technology journalists Drew Harwell of The Washington Post, Donal O’Sullivan of CNN, Ryan Mac of The New York Times, Matt Binder of Mashable, and Micah Lee of The Intercept were terminated.
Elon Musk was at the World Cup with Jared Kushner — the son-in-law of Donald Trump who received a $2 Billion investment from a Saudi Arabian fund led by Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman. Twitter’s second largest shareholder is a Saudi Arabian Prince. A lot of coincidences here. pic.twitter.com/sXePz2l5Bg
— Dash Dobrofsky (@DashDobrofsky) December 18, 2022
Following the suspensions, Musk conducted a second Twitter poll on Saturday, asking his followers if the accounts that “doxxed” his “real-time” location should be reinstated.
More than 3.5 million individuals participated in the survey, with 58.7% indicating that the journalist’s accounts should be restored immediately and 41.3% indicating that they should be fixed within seven days.
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