Things went ugly between Elon Musk and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on X social platform over immigration and border control. Here’s what they said.
Musk vs. AOC
In an unexpected turn of events, tech magnate Elon Musk and congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have found themselves embroiled in a heated Twitter exchange, firing back and forth over their differing views on immigration.
The Feud That Stole the Show
The clash between the 52-year-old Tesla CEO and the 33-year-old New York congresswoman has drawn significant attention this week.
It all began when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to share her perspective on immigration.
In a video message, she suggested that more migrants had historically entered the United States through Ellis Island than had arrived illegally across the Rio Grande.
No Surprise Here
Ocasio-Cortez has always been passionate about immigration and migrant rights, so it is not a shock that this is a debate close to her heart.
Musk: AOC Just Isn’t Smart
Elon Musk, never one to shy away from expressing his opinions, responded to the video by stating, “She’s just not that smart.” This candid critique fueled the flames of their Twitter feud.
AOC Claps Back
Not one to back down, Ocasio-Cortez swiftly fired back at Musk saying, “I wasn’t born rich and became the youngest woman in American history to be elected to Congress.
Then I investigated Cohen, authored the largest FEMA funeral assistance program in history and led the creation of a US Climate Corps to create tens of thousands of new jobs.”
AOC Finishes Strong
Her final words: “Stay mad.”
Musk’s Sarcastic Reply
Musk sarcastically acknowledged Ocasio-Cortez’s achievements, stating, “I take it back – you’re obviously a genius.”
Fema’s Focus – Called Into Question
He then continued to belittle her success by trashing FEMA’s focus, suggesting that funding should prioritize preventing funerals in the first place rather than providing assistance after the fact.
Feud Continues at the Border
The feud took an unexpected twist when Musk embarked on a visit to the US-Mexico border and attempted to live stream the experience on X.
AOC criticized the billionaire’s visit as a “joyride” to the border. During his visit to the Texan city of Eagle Pass, Musk expressed concerns about “pretty extreme people” illegally entering the country, among those fleeing poverty and conflict.
Musk’s Stance on Immigration
Musk went on to express his support for expanded legal immigration, emphasizing “I think anyone who is hard-working and honest and will be a net addition to the economy – I think we should let them in”.
Letting in Proud Murderers?
Musk continued “But I mean what we are seeing are, in some cases, some pretty extreme individuals coming through. Obviously not suggesting everyone is like this.
They have murdered someone and they are so proud of having murdered someone they tattoo one tear on their face for every person they have killed. And this person claimed asylum. And we let them in. A serial murderer.
Who is proud of their murders. This is insane”.
Musk Calls Out Immigration Situation in NY
The South African billionaire didn’t stop the feud at the border; he asserted that AOC’s home base, New York, was grappling with the pressures of illegal immigration.
If NY Can’t Handle It – Who Else Can?
He implied that if New York couldn’t handle it, few parts of the country could.
AOC Takes Down Tony
AOC swiftly responded to Musk’s live stream, condemning his visit and calling out his guide, local Republican congressman Tony Gonzalez.
Tony Gonzalez Skips Important Vote
She took to X, posting “The House is holding important votes in DC tonight, people are scrambling to avoid a shutdown, but this Republican Congressman decided to skip town to joyride with a billionaire when his own party has just a single-digit margin and needs his vote”.
Not the First, Probably Not the Last
This Twitter duel was not their first, as the two have engaged in online arguments before.
AOC previously criticized Musk for his influence over a massive communication platform, while Musk responded with inappropriate flirtatious remarks.
The Power of Social Media
In this clash of words and ideologies, Musk and AOC showcase the power of social media to amplify political discourse and create unlikely adversaries.
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