Trump brags that he could have made Elon Musk ‘drop to his knees’ and beg for subsidies

Ex-President Donald Trump has escalated his war of words with the world’s wealthiest man Elon Musk in a series of messages on Truth Social. 

On the right-wing social media platform, Trump recalled the many times that Musk visited the White House between 2016 and 2020. 

Trump wrote: ‘When Elon Musk came to the White House asking me for help on all of his many subsidized projects, whether it’s electric cars that don’t drive long enough, driverless cars that crash, or rocket ships to nowhere, without which subsidies he’d be worthless.’

Trump went on to say that Musk would regularly tell the former ‘Apprentice’ host how much of a fan he was. He added: ‘I could have said, ‘drop to your knees and beg,’ and he would have done it.’

Ex-president Donald Trump began his Truth Social message dump on the afternoon of July 12

Trump decided to escalate his war of words with Elon Musk after endorsing MAGA candidates and disparaging the House January 6th committee

Trump decided to escalate his war of words with Elon Musk after endorsing MAGA candidates and disparaging the House January 6th committee

Trump decided to escalate his war of words with Elon Musk after endorsing MAGA candidates and disparaging the House January 6th committee

Trump also brought up a lesser reported issue with Musk pulling out of his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter

Trump also brought up a lesser reported issue with Musk pulling out of his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter

Trump also brought up a lesser reported issue with Musk pulling out of his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter

The ex-president wasn’t going to let Musk off the hook with regard the billionaire’s controversial decision to pull out of his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter. 

He wrote: ‘Now Elon should focus on getting himself out of the Twitter mess because he could owe $44 billion for something that’s perhaps worthless. Also, lots of competition for electric cars!’ 

Trump also made reference to another potential legal issue facing Musk writing: ‘

Why was Elon allowed to break the $15 million stock purchase barrier on Twitter without any reporting? That is a very serious breach! Have fun Elon and @jack, go for it.’

Trump tagged Twitter founder Jack Dorsey who has not been the company’s CEO since November 2021. 

For the record, Twitter did mention the stock reporting issue in their lawsuit attempting to force the sale. 

Musk responded almost immediately to Trump's messages, again poking fun at the ex-President's senility

Musk responded almost immediately to Trump's messages, again poking fun at the ex-President's senility

Musk responded almost immediately to Trump’s messages, again poking fun at the ex-President’s senility 

Musk tweeted his response shortly after Trump’s message. He simply wrote: ‘Lmaooo.’ 

That was followed up with a gif from ‘The Simpsons,’ a reference to the ‘old man yells at cloud meme.’ 

Trump’s messages to Musk came amid a busy day on TruthSocial for the ex-president. Trump also sent out messages endorsing MAGA supporters for the upcoming mid-term elections and disparaging the House Jan. 6 committee. 

Earlier this week, Musk’ slammed Trump as a liar, and ‘too old’ to run for president.

Those claims came in response to a recent appearance by Trump in Alaska – who has repeatedly hinted at a second presidential run in 2024 – that saw him mock Musk by calling him a ‘Bull***t artist.’

The insult was triggered by an assertion from Trump that Musk lied about voting for him during his ill-fated presidential run in 2020.

The accusation referred to a Tweet from Musk last month, which saw the South African businessman brag about voting for a Republican for the first time, casting a ballot for new Texas Congresswoman Maya Flores.

Trump seemingly took issue with the endorsement, and accused Musk of lying about his political allegiance at the Alaska event Saturday.

The pair had previously had been on good terms, with Trump previously calling Musk ‘one of our great geniuses’ and Musk welcoming his support when he was trying to reopen his Tesla plant in California during the pandemic. 

However, last month on social media, Musk said he was leaning toward Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for his preferences for the upcoming president – a pseudo-endorsement that Trump may have taken as a slight.

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Elon Musk's much-talked-about tiff with Donald Trump continued in full force this week - with the Tesla CEO taking to Twitter to question the ex-president's credibility and brain capacity

Elon Musk's much-talked-about tiff with Donald Trump continued in full force this week - with the Tesla CEO taking to Twitter to question the ex-president's credibility and brain capacity

Elon Musk’s much-talked-about tiff with Donald Trump continued in full force this week – with the Tesla CEO taking to Twitter to question the ex-president’s credibility and brain capacity

The claims came in response to a recent appearance by Donald Trump in Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, that saw him mock Musk by calling him a bBull***t artist'

The claims came in response to a recent appearance by Donald Trump in Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, that saw him mock Musk by calling him a bBull***t artist'

The claims came in response to a recent appearance by Donald Trump in Anchorage, Alaska, Saturday, that saw him mock Musk by calling him a bBull***t artist’ 

‘You know he said the other day, ‘Oh, I’ve never voted for a Republican,” Trump, 76, said at his Alaska rally, when speaking about Musk’s Twitter deal falling through.

‘I said, ‘I didn’t know that. He told me he voted for me,” he went on.

‘So he’s another bulls*** artist.’

Musk promptly replied to a post that shared the clip – along with an article titled ‘Donald Trump: Elon Musk Told Me He Voted for Me’ – to make his own bulls**t call on the president’s claim.

‘Not true,’ Musk wrote, in an uncharacteristically succinct clap-back.

Musk also denied Trump's claim that he voted for him in the last election with a simple 'Not true'

Musk also denied Trump's claim that he voted for him in the last election with a simple 'Not true'

Musk also denied Trump’s claim that he voted for him in the last election with a simple ‘Not true’

The SpaceX CEO proceeded to further pan the politician, saying he should ‘hang up his hat’ and call it quits on his political career, due to his advanced age.

‘I don’t hate the man, but it’s time for Trump to hang up his hat & sail into the sunset,’ Musk, 51, wrote to his more than 100million followers. 

‘Dems should also call off the attack,’ he went on to add, referring to the currently ongoing public hearings into the Jan 6 riots by a violent mob of Trump’s supporters – an occurrence the left has been trying to pin on the former president.

‘Don’t make it so that Trump’s only way to survive is to regain the Presidency,’ Musk warned.

When one Twitter user questioned which of Trump’s policies Musk took issue with, the mogul instead pointed to the politico’s notorious no-nonsense – and at points plain brazen – approach to politics, which he said causes ‘too much drama.’

The world's richest man replied to several tweets on the topic, saying Trump's presidency had 'too much drama' and was akin to a 'bull in a china shop'

The world's richest man replied to several tweets on the topic, saying Trump's presidency had 'too much drama' and was akin to a 'bull in a china shop'

The world’s richest man replied to several tweets on the topic, saying Trump’s presidency had ‘too much drama’ and was akin to a ‘bull in a china shop’

‘Yeah, but too much drama,’ Musk wrote in response to the user’s query. ‘Do we really want a bull in a china shop situation every single day!?’

Musk then circled back to the topic of the president’s age. 

‘Also, I think the legal maximum age for start of Presidential term should be 69,’ Musk wrote, before elaborating on the issue.

‘Trump would be 82 at end of term, which is too old to be chief executive of anything, let alone the United States of America.’

He added: ‘If DeSantis runs against Biden in 2024, then DeSantis will easily win – he doesn’t even need to campaign.’

The slew of posts also saw Musk agree with another Twitter user that the world has a ‘serious issue with gerontocracy’ – meaning the government is controlled by old people.

The South African billionaire was critical of presidents being to old, saying Trump at 82 would be 'too old to be chief executive of anything'

The South African billionaire was critical of presidents being to old, saying Trump at 82 would be 'too old to be chief executive of anything'

The South African billionaire was critical of presidents being to old, saying Trump at 82 would be ‘too old to be chief executive of anything’

Musk, who now lives in Texas, said that he voted Republican for the first time in June’s special election when he cast his ballot for Flores in her bid for the 34th congressional seat against Democrat Dan Sanchez.

‘I voted for Mayra Flores – first time I ever voted Republican,’ Musk tweeted June 15. Massive red wave in 2022.’

When a Twitter account called Tesla Owners Silicon Valley asked Musk if he was voting Republican in the 2024 presidential election, the Tesla CEO replied ‘tbd.’

Trump has yet to respond to Musk’s comments.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk (left) said in June that he cast his first ever Republican ballot for Mayra Flores (right) in a Texas special election

At the rally in Anchorage, the politician accused Musk of shirking on his promised buyout of Twitter, which has been in talks since April but was abandoned due to mogul’s reported concern over fake accounts on the platform.

Trump, who was booted from the site due to tweets that allegedly urged his supporters to protest the 2020 election during the January 6 riots, seemed unconvinced by that narrative.

Trump then encouraged those in the audience to instead use his own social media platform, Truth Social, which he founded after being booted from the platform last year.

Trump then encouraged those in the audience to instead use his own social media platform, Truth Social, which he founded after being from the platform last year.

‘Elon. Elon,’ Trump repeated, to clamorous applause. ‘He’s not going to buy Twitter.’ 

Trump then encouraged those in the audience to instead use his own social media platform, Truth Social, which he founded after being booted from the platform last year.

Earlier this week, the Republican gloated about Musk ending his efforts to buy Twitter, in a celebratory post.

‘THE TWITTER DEAL IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE ‘TRUTH,” he wrote, referring to his rival platform.

Meanwhile, Musk has seemed to take a liking to DeSantis - an increasingly popular political figure who has been compared to former President Trump due to no-nonsense policies, but without the legal and political baggage synonymous with the outspoken New Yorker

Meanwhile, Musk has seemed to take a liking to DeSantis - an increasingly popular political figure who has been compared to former President Trump due to no-nonsense policies, but without the legal and political baggage synonymous with the outspoken New Yorker

Meanwhile, Musk has seemed to take a liking to DeSantis – an increasingly popular political figure who has been compared to former President Trump due to no-nonsense policies, but without the legal and political baggage synonymous with the outspoken New Yorker 

The post was liked close to 37,000 times, and shared more than 9,000 times on Truth, where Trump has 3.5 million followers. 

Musk, meanwhile, shocked the world in May when he announced would be switching political allegiances for the next election, saying he would vote for the Republican due to liberal bias at Twitter.

Speaking via video link at a tech summit in Miami, Florida in May, hosted by the All-In podcast, Musk confirmed he would be changing his vote.

Earlier this week, Trump gloated about Elon Musk withdrawing his bid to buy Twitter on his rival social media network

Earlier this week, Trump gloated about Elon Musk withdrawing his bid to buy Twitter on his rival social media network

Earlier this week, Trump gloated about Elon Musk withdrawing his bid to buy Twitter on his rival social media network

‘The reality is that Twitter at this point, you know, has a very far left bias,’ Musk told attendees. ‘I would classify myself as a moderate, neither Republican nor Democrat.’

Musk went on to assert that he has  ‘overwhelmingly’ voted for Democrats in the past. 

‘I have voted overwhelmingly for Democrats, historically. Like I’m not sure, I might never have voted for a Republican, just to be clear,’ Musk said.  

He then declared: ‘Now this election I will.’ 

Speaking via video link at a tech summit in Miami in May (pictured), hosted by the All-In podcast, Musk confirmed he would be voting Republican in the upcoming election

Speaking via video link at a tech summit in Miami in May (pictured), hosted by the All-In podcast, Musk confirmed he would be voting Republican in the upcoming election

Speaking via video link at a tech summit in Miami in May (pictured), hosted by the All-In podcast, Musk confirmed he would be voting Republican in the upcoming election

Meanwhile, Musk has seemed to take a liking to DeSantis – an increasingly popular political figure who has been compared to former President Trump due to no-nonsense policies, but without the legal and political baggage synonymous with the outspoken New Yorker. 

Last year, Musk tweeted that he had spoken with DeSantis about digging tunnels under Miami to help improve traffic gridlock.

DeSantis, meanwhile, has expressed support for Musk’s Twitter bid.

Speaking at a conference in Madeira Beach last month, DeSantis commented on news of Musk’s potential support with a joke that played off the billionaire’s South African heritage.

‘I’m focused on 2022, but I welcome support from African Americans,’ the conservative quipped to a reporter.

Musk has yet to officially endorse DeSantis.

 

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