Twitter owner Elon Musk addressed a variety of issues related to U.S. politics during an interview this week, saying he believes that President Joe Biden legitimately won the 2020 election, and that while there was likely some fraud, it was minimal and made no impact on the outcome.
Musk made the remarks during an interview with CNBC’s David Faber when Faber asked if he believed that the 2020 election was stolen, to which he responded that he believes Biden won and that “I don’t think it was a stolen election.”
“I wish we could have just a normal human being as president. That’s what I want,” he said. “I think if we could, you know, there’s that old saying of like, we’re better off being run by people picked at random from the phonebook than the faculty of Harvard. I don’t know who said that, but someone very wise. And I would say if we could do that for the president, that would be great.”
When asked if he was happy with Biden’s presidency, Musk responded, “Don’t we all just want a normal human being to be president?”
Musk said the top thing for him is someone who shows executive competence.
“Somebody’s executive ability is underrated. Since the president is effectively the Chief Executive Officer of the country. It actually matters if they’re a good executive officer,” he said. “It’s not simply a matter of do they share your beliefs, but are they good at getting things done? There’s a lot of decisions that need to be made every day. Many of them are unrelated to moral beliefs. And you just want a good executive [because] they’re CEO of America.”
On the issue of voter fraud, Musk said, “If somebody’s gonna say that there’s never any election fraud anywhere, this is obviously also false.”
“If 100 million people vote, the probability that the fraud is zero is zero. There’s gonna be a little,” Musk said. “I think it’s important to say like that in any given election, even if you try your hardest, if you got 100 million votes, there’s gonna be some amount of fraud that is not zero. And that it’s important to acknowledge that without saying that the fraud was of sufficient magnitude to change the outcome. So, my opinion would be that there was some, there was some small amount of fraud, but it was not enough to change the outcome.”
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When asked if some of his tweets perhaps give credence to conspiracy theories, Musk responded, “Well, yes, but I mean, honestly, you know, some of these conspiracy theories have turned out to be true.”
When asked for an example of a conspiracy theory that turned out to be true, Musk responded: “The Hunter Biden laptop.”
“That was a pretty big deal. There was Twitter and others engaged in active suppression of information that was relevant to the public,” he said. “That’s a terrible thing that happened. That’s like an interference.”
“Do I believe Biden won? Yes, I believe he won,” Elon Musk said Tuesday when asked about the 2020 presidential election, but he added that he wishes “we could have just a normal human being as president.” https://t.co/1lqWEJEvNr pic.twitter.com/50dkAdL3kw
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