This past Wednesday evening, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) took a shot at entrepreneur Elon Musk via social media due to his remarks concerning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and quickly received a clap back from the billionaire executive. Graham also took shots at Musk’s company, Tesla, because of the CEO’s statements, seemingly suggesting that legislators should start to look back into the various tax credits being issued for electric vehicles.
The comments from the legislator take place in the wake of a proposal from Musk earlier in the week that it should be the will of the people who live in the area of Crimea and Donbas that make the choice over if they stay a part of Ukraine or whether they want to join Russia.
“It is very positive that somebody like Elon Musk is looking for a peaceful way out of this situation,” expressed Dmitry Peskov, a propagandist for the Kremlin. “Compared to many professional diplomats, Musk is still searching for ways to achieve peace. And achieving peace without fulfilling Russia’s conditions is absolutely impossible.”
Graham shot back to the comments from Musk via a quite long Twitter thread, stating that Musk needed to “understand the facts of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.”
“Suggesting we end the Russian invasion by simply giving Russia parts of Ukraine – after all the suffering – is dumb,” exclaimed Graham. “In 1994, through the Budapest Memorandum, Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons arsenal — the third largest in the world — in return for assurances their territorial integrity would be protected. It was an agreement signed by Russia that included protecting Crimea and the Donbas as part of Ukraine. If you want peace in Ukraine — which we ALL do — simply demand Russian honor the boundaries they agreed to in 1994 and withdraw their forces.”
“To do otherwise is to legitimize a bait and switch by Russia and a signal to other bad actors to take what you want – by force! If Elon Musk and others want the world to continue to be in chaos, then by all means capitulate to Putin and reward his aggression,” Graham went on. “While we’re at it, maybe the Congress should revisit the electric vehicle tax credit boondoggle. It is where the credit is now solely benefiting electric vehicle manufacturers who have increased prices equal to the tax credit! It could be a good way to help save money by applying those funds to assisting Ukrainians in defending their homeland!”
Musk fired back by highlighting a map that showed just how people voted within the parliamentarian elections that took place roughly 10 years ago, and used it to try and suggest that a few of those who voted for the pro-Russia party would have sought to cede over to Ukraine.
“Assuming you believe that the will of the people matters, we should, in any given conflict region, support the will of those who live there,” explained Musk. “Most of Ukraine unequivocally wants to be part of Ukraine, but some eastern portions have Russian majorities and prefer Russia.”
Musk also issued a response to Graham putting forth a threat against Tesla.
“First of all, Tesla hasn’t had that consumer tax credit for years & we didn’t ask for this one – GM & Ford did,” shot back Musk.
First of all, Tesla hasn’t had that consumer tax credit for years & we didn’t ask for this one – GM & Ford did
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 6, 2022