Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of several companies, claims Donald Trump will win the 2024 presidential election if the former president is indicted. The comment comes as Trump claims he will be arrested on Tuesday, a claim that hasn’t been verified by any of the offices currently investigating Trump for a long list of crimes he committed over the past seven years.
“If this happens, Trump will be re-elected in a landslide victory,” Musk wrote on Twitter on Saturday morning.
Musk was replying to a tweet that claimed Trump could be handcuffed if he really is arrested this coming week. News first broke on Friday that Trump could be indicted as soon as early this week by Manhattan prosecutors over a hush money payment the former president allegedly made to adult film star Stormy Daniels as a candidate in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump, a continued threat to the safety and security of the U.S., has denied any affair with Daniels, though his former “fixer” Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to making the payment of $130,000 to Daniels in violation of campaign finance rules. The check even had Trump’s signature, and that wasn’t the only payment in weeks leading up to the 2016 election to has drawn the attention of investigators. Playboy model Karen McDougal also received a payment of $150,000 from the National Enquirer to keep an alleged affair with Trump from becoming public, according to the Associated Press. The payment was known as a “catch and kill” effort, allegedly to benefit Trump, where a publisher pays for the exclusive on a story but doesn’t ultimately publish the story to keep the underlying story quiet.
Musk and Trump have butted heads over a number of issues over the years, and while Musk has recently supported conservative candidates in the 2022 midterm elections, the billionaire CEO of Tesla is not exactly a Trump fan—which is why it’s a little odd for Musk to so emphatically claim Trump could win again. Trump’s support has hovered around 30% of Americans since his attempt to stop the certification of the 2020 election at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
For his part, Trump has been desperately trying to get his supporters to “protest” what he says is a political witchhunt. Trump sent several messages on his social media platform Truth Social on Saturday claiming any potential prosecution is just politically motivated.
“OUR NATION IS NOW THIRD WORLD & DYING. THE AMERICAN DREAM IS DEAD! THE RADICAL LEFT ANARCHISTS HAVE STOLLEN [sic] OUR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, AND WITH IT, THE HEART OF OUR OUR COUNTRY. AMERICAN PATRIOTS ARE BEING ARRESTED & HELD IN CAPTIVITY LIKE ANIMALS, WHILE CRIMINALS & LEFTIST THUGS ARE ALLOWED TO ROAM THE STREETS, KILLING & BURNING WITH NO RETRIBUTION. MILLIONS ARE FLOODING THROUGH OUR OPEN BOARDERS [sic], MANY FROM PRISONS & MENTAL INSTITUTIONS. CRIME & INFLATION ARE DESTROYING OUR VERY WAY OF LIFE…” Trump wrote on Truth Social in just one of his bizarre screeds.
Trump’s all-caps messages included many misspellings and come off as completely unhinged, though only time will tell if they get his supporters to attempt another coup, just as he directed a violent mob to storm the U.S. Capitol.