African-American billionaire Elon Musk shot back at claims that parents should unequivocally act based on a child’s gender self-identification, suggesting that children are too young to make such decisions, especially while being “fed propaganda by adults.”
Musk replied to a 20 second video featuring Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, who asserted that “When our children tell us who they are, it’s our job as grown-ups to listen and believe them.” Further, Flanagan claimed that believing a child’s chosen identity is “what it means to be a good parent.”
“Not when they’re fed propaganda by adults,” Musk shot back, before offering his own parenting advice: “Moreover, every child goes through an identity crisis before their personality/identity crystalizes.”
Musk surmised, “Therefore, we shouldn’t allow severe, irreversible surgery or sterilizing drugs that they may regret until at least age 18.”
Not when they’re fed propaganda by adults.
Moreover, every child goes through an identity crisis before their personality/identity crystallizes.
Therefore, we shouldn’t allow severe, irreversible surgery or sterilizing drugs that they may regret until at least age 18.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 16, 2023
While many greeted Musk’s words as wisdom, Flanagan posted a tweet that appears to be a veiled swipe against Musk.
“In Minnesota,” Flanagan opened, “we don’t allow bullies to keep us from doing the right thing.” She then pledged to use her time in office to advance the cause of transgenderism in children.
In Minnesota, we don’t allow bullies to keep us from doing the right thing. As long as @GovTimWalz and I are in office, we will continue fighting to ensure our trans neighbors are safe.
— Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan (@LtGovFlanagan) March 17, 2023
Many conservatives suggested Musk was once again fighting what he described as the “woke mind virus” that threatens to devastate civilization in a series of tweets published last year that seem to explain his motivations.
“Unless it is stopped, the woke mind virus will destroy civilization and humanity will never [reach] Mars,” warned Musk last May, around the time he suggested a new, moderate political epoch.
“This is what most people in America want,” wrote Musk, “but unfortunately it’s not realistic.”
This was the same period in which Musk endorsed the Republican Party for the 2022 midterms, and accused the Democratic Party of representing “division and hate” while predicting that the left and their media allies would pile on him for the public announcement.
“In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party. But they have become the party of division and hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican.”
In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party.
But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican.
Now, watch their dirty tricks campaign against me unfold … 🍿
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 18, 2022
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