Donald Trump Slams 'Bullsh*t Artist' Elon Musk

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Damir Mujezinovic

Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, committed to buying the social network Twitter back in April.

The move was welcomed by conservative politicians and voters, who claim mainstream social networking platforms are biased against them.

However, Musk formally withdrew from the deal last week, after spending weeks trying to back out of it.

According to former President Donald Trump, Musk is nothing but a "bullsh*t artist" anyway.

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Speaking at a rally in Alaska over the weekend, Trump promoted his own social media platform, Truth Social, which was launched after Twitter and other networks permanently suspended his accounts.

As Fortune reported, Trump said restoring free speech online should be Republicans' number one priority, and claimed he knew all along Musk would never buy Twitter.

"I called that one right. Elon is not gonna buy Twitter, where did you hear that before? From me. From me," Trump told the enthusiastic crowd.


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Trump Blasts Musk

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Trump then pointed out that Musk recently revealed he had voted for Republican Mayra Flores -- Flores won a special election in Texas' 34th Congressional District last month, defeating Democrat Dan Sanchez.

"I voted for Mayra Flores – first time I ever voted Republican," the billionaire tweeted, predicting a "massive red wave" in the upcoming midterm elections.

According to Trump, however, Musk is a lying "bullsh*t artist."

"You know, he said the other day, 'Oh, I've never voted for a Republican.' I said, I didn't know that, he told me he voted for me. So he's another bullsh*t artist."

Musk Backs DeSantis

When he expressed support for Flores, Musk also suggested he would vote for Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, if DeSantis were to run for president in 2024.

DeSantis has not committed to launching a presidential bid, but he is widely seen as the strongest potential competitor to Trump, who has made it clear he intends to run again.

Some interpreted Trump's attacks on Musk as a thinly-veiled jab at DeSantis, and an attempt by the former president to reassert himself as the leader of the GOP.

Trump Vs. DeSantis

Trump remains by far the most influential and popular conservative figure in the country, and polls have consistently shown him to be a clear favorite to win the 2024 GOP presidential nomination.

However, some recent surveys suggest DeSantis is closing the gap.

For example, in a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll DeSantis trailed Trump by just nine percentage points in a hypothetical Republican primary race.

Forty-five percent of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents in the survey said they would back Trump, 36 percent expressed support for DeSantis, and 18 said they were not sure yet.