Tesla CEO Elon Musk ignited a firestorm on social media by suggesting that he might die “under mysterious circumstances.” While some on Twitter rushed to the conclusion that he might fear the Clintons, it seems the CEO may have been referencing a potential threat from Russia.
“If I die under mysterious circumstances, it’s been nice knowin ya,” Musk, who is also the CEO of SpaceX and who recently acquired Twitter, posted on the social media platform.
When Musk’s mother Maye Musk responded, “That’s not funny,” her son replied, “Sorry! I will do my best to stay alive.”
Many commentators suggested that Musk might be afraid of former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, playing off of the conspiracy theory that the Clintons were involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide.
“Do you have dirt on the Clintons?” digital strategist Greg Price asked.
“Wait… what do you know about Hillary Clinton?” comedian Tim Young asked.
“The Clintons” began trending on Twitter, in part due to Musk’s tweet, which garnered more than 52,000 “retweets” Sunday night.
Others referenced a tweet from John McAfee on Oct. 15, 2020, in which the computer programmer and anti-virus software producer stated that he had no intentions of committing suicide after he was arrested in Spain on tax evasion charges.
“I am content in here. I have friends. The food is good. All is well. Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine,” McAfee tweeted.