By Dana Hull | Bloomberg
Elon Musk deleted a controversial tweet that made a satirical comparison between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Adolf Hitler.
Musk, the CEO of Tesla Inc. and the world’s richest person, did not respond to a request for comment. A Twitter spokesperson said the social media company “took no enforcement action” on the tweet.
Musk, 50, was responding to a message from cryptocurrency trade publication CoinDesk regarding Trudeau’s emergency orders to cut off funds to protesters who blocked border crossings and camped out in the Canadian capital. Musk tweeted a photo of Hitler with the text “Stop comparing me to Justin Trudeau” at the top and “I had a budget” at the bottom.
The tweet drew backlash from groups including the American Jewish Committee, an advocacy organization, which called on Musk to apologize for referring to the dictator who oversaw the genocide of millions of people.
“Once again, Elon Musk has shown extremely poor judgment in invoking Hitler to make a point on social media,” the group said in a statement earlier Thursday. “He needs to stop this unacceptable behavior.”
The controversy comes as Tesla faces claims of racial discrimination and harassment. The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued Tesla last week for racial discrimination and harassment after uncovering a widespread pattern of mistreatment of black workers at the electric car maker‘s factory near San Francisco.
Musk rarely deletes tweets, but it’s not unprecedented for him. He deleted a tweet almost a year ago that said he thought Tesla might be on the way to becoming America’s biggest company.
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