(DailyWire) Elon Musk slammed President Joe Biden’s push to free WNBA player Brittney Griner from Russia for a drug offense while thousands of Americans are locked up at home for similar crimes.
Griner was sentenced to 9 years in a Russian prison late last week after Russian prosecutors had argued that Griner, who was convicted of deliberately sneaking marijuana vaping materials into the country, should serve 9 1/2 years in prison.
“If the president is working so hard to free someone who is in jail in Russia for some weed, shouldn’t we free people in America?” Musk said during a podcast interview last week. “There are people in jail in America for the same stuff. Shouldn’t we free them too? My opinion is that people should not be in jail for non-violent drug crimes.”
The Biden administration has reportedly offered to exchange notorious Russian weapons trafficker Viktor Bout, who was convicted of terrorism charges, in exchange for the release of Griner and Paul Whelan.
During the podcast, Musk revealed that after he briefly smoked marijuana during an episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience,” he was forced to submit to random drug tests for a year.
Musk also made news over the weekend by publicly challenging Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal to a debate over Twitter’s claims that less than 5% of the accounts on the platform are spam accounts.
The challenge comes as Twitter and Musk engage in a legal battle over the company as Musk attempts to back out of his $44 billion purchase of the company over allegations that the company withheld key information on how many accounts are spam accounts which Musk’s team argues has created a “material adverse effect.”
Musk’s team alleges that spam accounts make up approximately one-third of the accounts on the platform and comprise roughly 10% of the platform’s monetizable daily active users (mDAU).
Musk issued the debate challenge in response to a Twitter thread from cybersecurity researcher Andrea Stroppa.