White Stripes frontman Jack White said Twitter CEO Elon Musk went “too far” when he reinstated President Donald Trump’s account on his social media platform.
White said he is quitting Twitter because of Musk’s “absolutely disgusting” move.
The music star put out a long statement to explain his meltdown and bash Musk’s free speech plans for Twitter.
“So you gave trump his twitter platform back.
“Absolutely disgusting, Elon.
“That is officially an as*hole move.
“Why dont you be truthful?
“Tell it like it is; people like you and Joe Rogan (who gives platforms to liars like alex jones etc.); you come into a ton of money, see the tax bill, despise paying your fair share, and then think moving to Texas and supporting whatever Republican you can is going to help you keep more of your money. (How else could Trump possibly interest you?)
“You intend to give platforms to known liars and wash your hands like pontius pilate and claim no responsibility? trump was removed from twitter because he incited violence multiple times, people died and were injured as a result of his lies and his ego, (let alone what his coup did to attempt to destroy democracy and our Capitol).
“And how about the division and the families broken apart from his rhetoric and what it did to this country.
“That’s not ‘free speech’ or ‘what the poll decided’ or whatever nonsense you’re claiming it to be; this is straight up you trying to help a fascist have a platform so you can eventually get your tax breaks.
“I mean, how many more billions do you need that you have to risk democracy itself to obtain it?
“You did a lot of amazing things with Tesla, Elon, and you deserve a lot of compliments in that department (I personally supported the hell out of that venture), but you’ve gone too far and are now using your power to promote horrible, violence inducing liars who are taking the country and the world backwards and endangering the democracy that made you rich and successful in the first place.
“I am a believer in free speech, but for example I’m not about to let the KKK hold a rally at our record label’s performance stage.
“That’s one of the platforms we control and have a say in, it’s not town square operated by the government.
“And if I owned a gas station, I wouldn’t be selling the KKK gasoline to burn crosses either and then wash my hands as if I didn’t help facilitate hatred.
“You took on a big responsibility with your purchase, and ‘free speech’ isn’t some umbrella that protects you from that.”