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Elon Musk reacts to new Jan. 6 videos: ‘deeply wrong, legally and morally misleading people’

Elon Musk. (Suzanne Cordeiro/For the Austin American-Statesman/TNS)
March 08, 2023

After viewing recently released security footage from the Jan. 6, 2021 storming of the Capitol, billionaire CEO Elon Musk accused the Democrat-run House Jan. 6 committee of “misleading” the public on what occurred during the so-called “insurrection.”

“Besides misleading the public, they withheld evidence for partisan political reasons that sent people to prison for far more serious crimes than they committed,” Musk tweeted. “That is deeply wrong, legally and morally.”

Fox News host Tucker Carlson revealed new details about the Jan. 6 Capitol storming during his show Monday, airing some of the roughly 40,000 hours of security camera footage recently obtained from House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.

Some of the footage focused on the so-called “QAnon Shaman,” a protester named Jacob Chansley who became notorious for walking the Senate floor in his antler-and-fur headdress. The footage, which does not have audio, appears to show police officers guiding Chansley through the Capitol, even attempting to open a door for him, but not stopping or arresting him.

The world’s richest man has never been shy about voicing his opinions on political matters. He purchased the social media platform Twitter last year to combat alleged violations of free speech.

“The reason I acquired Twitter is because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence,” Musk wrote at the time. “There is currently great danger that social media will splinter into far right wing and far left wing echo chambers that generate more hate and divide our society.”

“In the relentless pursuit of clicks, much of traditional media has fueled and catered to those polarized extremes, as they believe that is what brings in the money, but, in doing so, the opportunity for dialogue is lost,” he continued.

“That is why I bought Twitter. I didn’t do it because it would be easy. I didn’t do it to make more money. I did it to try to help humanity, whom I love,” he added. “And I do so with humility, recognizing that failure in pursuing this goal, despite our best efforts, is a very real possibility.”