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In Twitter Meltdown, Elon Musk Calls Thai Cave Diver A Pedophile, Then Deletes Tweet

Update: Musk has deleted the tweet accusing Unsworth of being a pedophile (as well as the tweet in which he doubled down that he would “bet ya a signed dollar it’s true“). For those who miss it already, here is a snapshot:

The sequence of tweets deleted by Musk can be seen here, and, as usual, there is already a snarky narrative being formed in response:

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What does a billionaire Silicon Valley liberal (or perhaps socialist, or maybe republican) do when his giant “Thai cave rescue” diversion from his auto company woes goes sideways and authorities tell him to back off?

Why handle rejection poorly and question the rescue chief’s credibility, of course.

And what does said billionaire do when the Thai rescue chief tells him to “stick his submarine where it hurts” before being outed as a top donor to a GOP PAC?

Engage in a weird Twitter exchange with the Sierra Club about climate change to show the world you’re an environmentalist, then call the Thai rescue chief a pedophile.

After Musk’s boy-rescuing submarine was rejected by Thai authorities and his idea called a “PR stunt” by rescue chief Vern Unsworth, the Tesla CEO began melting down over Twitter – saying Unsworth had been “inaccurately described as rescue chief.” 

Unsworth, an explorer and expert cave diver who lives in Thailand’s Chiang Rai province, said that Musk was “asked to leave” the cave “very quickly” – and that the Tesla CEO had “no conception of what the caves would be like. 

Musk hit back – tweeting “Never saw this British expat guy who lives in Thailand (sus) at any point when we were in the caves … Only people in sight were the Thai navy/army guys, who were great. Thai navy seals escorted us in — total opposite of wanting us to leave.”

I challenge this dude to show final rescue video,” he continued. “Huge credit to pump & generator team. Unsung heroes here.”

It was then that Musk accused the man heralded worldwide as a hero – a pedo.

After Musk’s shocking pedo claim, he doubled down – betting a Twitter user a “signed dollar it’s true.”

Maybe Thai officials had a bad feeling about his boy-rescuing submarine after Musk promised to send two tourists to the moon in 2018, only to delay the grandiose plan due to “technical challenges“? Maybe they saw pictures of Musk’s makeshift tent city assembly line and didn’t want to risk Elon rescuing a fraction of the boys he promised despite reassuring investors Thai officials it would be no problem? Perhaps they wanted to avoid a mid-cave battery fire? 

Either way, Musk then responded to a nine day old tweet from Texas Observer journalist Christopher Hooks by calling him a jackass

Musk’s latest gaffe comes on the heels of a Bloomberg interview in which he acknowledged the need to tone down his Twitter spats, saying “I have made the mistaken assumption – and I will attempt to be better at this – of thinking that because Somebody is on Twitter and is attacking me that it is open season,” adding “This is my mistake. I will correct it.” 

Meanwhile, Musk’s pedo comment is not going over well…

 It’s true…