'I have no problem being hated': Elon Musk says responding to anti-Semitic post on X was 'one of the most foolish' things he's done on the platform - as he accuses advertisers fleeing his site of blackmail and tells them to 'go f*** yourself'

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  • Elon Musk connected Wednesday appeared astatine New York Times' DealBook summit
  • Musk told big Andrew Ross Sorkin that his 'actual truth' station was 'foolish'
  • Musk connected November 15 said an anti-Semitic tweet was 'the existent truth' 

By Harriet Alexander For Dailymail.com

Published: 17:44 EST, 29 November 2023 | Updated: 17:55 EST, 29 November 2023

Elon Musk on Wednesday admitted that his tweet endorsing an anti-Semitic station was 'one of nan astir foolish' things he has ever done, but told advertisers withdrawing their campaigns successful consequence to 'go f*** yourself'.

Musk appeared astatine The New York Times' DealBook summit, and was pressed by big Andrew Ross Sorkin connected his November 15 tweet and nan resulting fallout.

Companies including Apple, Paramount, Airbnb and Uber pulled their advertizing from X - a move which X soul documents projected could costs nan institution $75 million.

Asked astir his post, Musk said he had 'no problem being hated.'

He added: 'Essentially I handed a loaded weapon to nan group who dislike me.' 

Musk complained that nan media ignored his attempts to explain his station - but insisted his sojourn to Israel this week, touring areas devastated successful nan October 7 attack, and gathering nan country's leaders - was not 'an apology tour'. 

Elon Musk connected Wednesday appeared astatine nan DealBook Summit successful New York City

He said his critics should attraction connected his work.

'We make nan champion cars,' he said. 

'Whether you dislike me, for illustration maine aliases are indifferent, do you want nan champion car aliases not nan champion car?' 

He besides apologized for his seeming support of achromatic nationalists. 

Musk, who has been powerfully criticized by nan Anti-Defamation League and Israel's Foreign Ministry for his past remarks, was connected November 15 responding to a man who posted a screed connected X criticizing a Foundation to Combat Anti-Semitism run video.

In nan video, a begetter is seen talking to his boy astir nan online hatred nan boy has spewed, and calling him retired for his rhetoric.

The X personification dismissed nan video, writing: 'Jewish communties (sic) person been pushing nan nonstop benignant of dialectical hatred against whites that they declare to want group to extremity utilizing against them. 

'I'm profoundly disinterested successful giving nan tiniest s*** now astir occidental Jewish populations coming to nan disturbing realization that those hordes of minorities that support flooding their state don't precisely for illustration them excessively much. 

'You want truth said to your face, location it is.'

Musk, who has 163 cardinal followers, replied: 'You person said nan existent truth.' 

On Wednesday, Musk said: 'I should successful retrospect not person replied to that peculiar post.' 

But he was defiant successful nan look of nan advertizing boycott, accusing nan companies of blackmail and telling them - to nan daze of nan audience: 'They tin spell f*** themselves.' 

Elon Musk, pictured connected November 2 speaking to British premier curate Rishi Sunak, said nan online commentator accusing Jewish group of hating achromatic group was speaking 'actual truth'

Pro-Palestine protesters are seen successful London connected November 15

Demonstrators demanding nan U.S. authorities telephone for a ceasefire are pictured connected November 15 successful New York City

DailyMail.com has approached Musk for comment, and received successful reply: 'Busy now, please cheque backmost later.' 

Musk has a agelong history of toying pinch dog-whistle rhetoric astir Jewish people, successful peculiar George Soros, who enraged him successful May by trading his Tesla stock.

He has besides angered group pinch his consequence to nan Israel-Hamas war.

In nan days aft nan October 7 Hamas panic attack, Musk was forced to delete a tweet which recommended an anti-Semitic relationship and a promoter of debunked videos arsenic reliable sources of accusation astir nan onslaught connected Israel.

The proprietor of X, formerly Twitter, faced a furious backlash aft telling his 159 cardinal followers that nan accounts @WarMonitors and @sentdefender were 'good' for 'following nan warfare successful existent time'.

Followers were speedy to constituent retired that @WarMonitors has many times utilized 'jew' arsenic a word of maltreatment connected nan platform, telling New York supermarket leader Avi Kaner to 'mind your ain business, jew'.

'The feline Musk recommends for accusation connected nan Israel-Hamas escalation is an anti-Semitic relationship pinch a history of spreading misinformation,' wrote Sam Sokol of Israeli newspaper Haaretz.