Thierry Breton is a French business executive, politician and the current Commissioner for Internal Market of the European Union. He met with Musk earlier in the year to share his concerns about free speech on Twitter and in this Tweet reminded him that Europe has its eyes on him. You can read about the EU’s threats in my earlier post referenced above.
Here in the US the Biden Administration has been making noise about the potential national security threat a free Twitter might pose, and now a US Senator is upping the ante. The Left is absolutely in a panic about Musk “freeing the bird,” and they have been stymied by the fact that he simply doesn’t care what they think. Musk’s superpower is his indifference to the opinions of jerks, or anybody else.
Sounds dire, doesn’t it?
What Senator Murphy doesn’t tell you is that Saudi Arabia neither owns Twitter (Elon Musk does), nor does its investment in the deal change a thing from last week or last year.
Saudi Arabia’s had a stake in Twitter all along. The exact same size as now. They no more control Twitter today than they did before. Murphy didn’t care about that then, and he doesn’t really care about it now. He cares about Musk allowing conservatives a say on social media.
Murphy is doing nothing other than taking the same shot across the bow that the EU did last week. He is reminding Musk that no matter how large a player in the economy he is–and he is a big player indeed–the US government and its allies are bigger yet. He is simply saying: we can crush you if we so choose, so play ball.
Musk has become enemy #1 for the transnational elite. Ironically, I am pretty sure he never expected that to happen, because he clearly is only vaguely aware of politics and the culture, and only vaguely cares about any of that except when either becomes an obstacle to his objectives or his personal interests.