Musk Tweets Pro-Putin Poll, Sen. Graham Challenges Him and Zelensky Calls It ‘Insane’ – Watch
Elon Musk isn’t backing down regarding tweets that were “pro-Putin. Sen. Lindsey Graham called out the Tesla founder’s comments on the Ukraine invasion saying they were “dumb.”
The senator made his comments after stating that he respected the billionaire, but he said that Musk needed to understand the facts of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in a Wednesday Twitter post.
“Suggesting we end the Russian invasion by simply giving Russia parts of Ukraine – after all the suffering – is dumb. It is also an affront to the bravery of the Ukrainians fighting to defend their homeland,” Sen. Graham wrote.
Lindsey Graham also said that the signing of the Budapest Memorandum in 1994 involved the nation of Ukraine giving up its nuclear weapons arsenal, and in exchange, they were promised protection of its territorial integrity.
The senator noted that this agreement was signed by Russia and it included the protection of both Crimea and Donbas as territories belonging to Ukraine.
Graham said that if we want peace, “which we all do,” he added, then we should simply demand that Russia honor the boundaries that were agreed upon in the 1994 memorandum and that would mean Russia withdraws its forces.
“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,” the senator said.
Musk doubled down in his response to Sen. Graham saying that eastern portions of the territory in question preferred Russia and he said the will of the people there matters.
“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. Most of Ukraine unequivocally wants to be part of Ukraine, but some eastern portions have Russian majorities and prefer Russia,” Musk said.
Graham wasn’t the only one who took issue with Musk’s post about the Ukraine invasion. President Volodymyr Zelensky called it “insane.”
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT — Elon Musk asked Twitter users to weigh in on a plan to end Russia's war in Ukraine, drawing immediate condemnation from Ukrainians, including President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, who responded with his own poll https://t.co/vlfJqeJ4mp pic.twitter.com/Ug9cykEYsE
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