New Twitter owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk created a massive stir after suggesting that he might die “under mysterious circumstances.” While some on Twitter rushed to the conclusion that he might fear the Clintons, it seems the CEO may have been referencing a potential threat from Russia.
“If I die under mysterious circumstances, it’s been nice knowin ya,” Musk, who is also the CEO of SpaceX and who recently acquired Twitter, posted on the social media platform.
When Musk’s mother Maye Musk responded, “That’s not funny,” her son replied, “Sorry! I will do my best to stay alive.”
Sorry! I will do my best to stay alive.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2022
Many commentators suggested that Musk might be afraid of former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, playing off of the conspiracy theory that the Clintons were involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide.
“Do you have dirt on the Clintons?” digital strategist Greg Price asked.
“Wait… what do you know about Hillary Clinton?” comedian Tim Young asked.
“The Clintons” began trending on Twitter, in part due to Musk’s tweet, which garnered more than 52,000 “retweets” Sunday night.
Others referenced a tweet from John McAfee on Oct. 15, 2020, in which the computer programmer and anti-virus software producer stated that he had no intentions of committing suicide after he was arrested in Spain on tax evasion charges.
“I am content in here. I have friends. The food is good. All is well. Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine,” McAfee tweeted.
Shortly before his cryptic tweet, the Tesla CEO cited a message from Dmitry Rogozin, a former deputy prime minister of Russia, who sent a statement to Russian media condemning Musk's Starlink satellite company for enabling the "Nazi Azov Battalion" to access the internet.
"From the testimony of the captured commander of the 35th Marine Brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Colonel Dmitry Kormyankov, it turns out that the internet terminals of Elon Musk's Starlink satellite company were delivered to the militants of the Nazi Azov Battalion and the Ukrainian Marines in Mariupol by military helicopters," Rogozin wrote, according to a translation Musk posted on Twitter.
The Azov Battalion is a unit a neo-Nazi unit of the National Guard of Ukraine based in Mariupol in the region of the Sea of Azov. It first saw combat recapturing Mariupol from Russian forces and pro-Russian separatists in June 2014.
Russia has repeatedly cited the battalion as justification for its invasion of Ukraine in a "denazification" effort.
In an interview with Greek television channel EPT on May 2, he said that this National Guard formation was part of the Ukrainian army, and has nothing to do with politics.
Zelensky said that during the first Russian invasion in 2014, when the Azov Volunteer Battalion was formed, some of the statements of volunteers were "quite extreme about Russia," but that much has changed since then.
"They were volunteers, and it was their personal view," the president said.
"The Azov Regiment is not a volunteer (formation), but part of the National Guard.,” Zelensky said. “They are (part of) the official army of our state. Anyone who wanted to get involved in politics, (left the Azov Regiment). Those who decided to serve in the National Guard of Ukraine became part of the National Guard of Ukraine."
It is recalled that only days before the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, the Azov Battalion killed an ethnic Greek and shot another two for speaking Russian.
Zelensky said that there was very little public support for extremism in Ukraine today compared to many other countries.
"We have almost none, despite the fact that there is a war on," he said
"We are very serious about calls for extremism. And we prevent any such steps. We believe that what the Russian military is doing in our country is Nazism."