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08th May 2024

Elon Musk makes absolutely bizarre tweet about the IRA

Simon Kelly

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He said they were as ‘scary as a plush toy’.

Elon Musk has caused confusion after making a bizarre tweet referencing the Irish Republican Army.

The Tesla CEO, who took over Twitter, now X, got involved with a discussion about the Irish government’s policy on immigration.

Musk responded to a post by right-wing influencer Ian Miles Cheong which read: “The Irish got big mad with the English for coming in some decades ago” before going on to suggest Ireland has become soft on immigration.

The SpaceX founder replied with: “Yeah, I was thinking the same thing. The Irish Republic Army was so hardcore, but now they’re as scary as a plush toy.”

While the South African businessman and Malaysian journalist’s interest in Irish government policy is confusing enough, Musk’s comments on the IRA, which seem to suggest they were against immigration at their peak, have stoked further bemusement.

Elon Musk makes absolutely bizarre tweet about the IRA

This isn’t the first time Musk has mentioned the IRA or Ireland to his Twitter fandom.

In February last year, he responded to a post which read ‘Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) vs Irish Republican Army (IRA)’ – in reference to the US law passed by Joe Biden and brought in to curb inflation though a number of avenues.

The 52-year-old replied to the tweet saying: “Which is actually harder, defeating inflation or defeating the British?”

He has also previously mentioned his dislike for former Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and called the Irish government ‘woke’.

The X CEO’s comment on Ireland come just a few days after research conducted by Sky News’ Data Forensic United showed that the majority of posts on social media regarding immigration in Ireland comes from outside of Ireland.

The majority of the tweets were shown to come from the United States and the United Kingdom⁠.

The research also found that hashtags like ‘Irelandisfull’, and ‘IrelandbelongstotheIrish’ are used far more often outside of Ireland.

Late last year Fine Gael TD Ciarán Cannon called out Musk’s comments on Ireland, saying that he should “desist from commenting on affairs in Ireland which he patently knows nothing about and he personally served to stoke up hatred and conflict in recent times here in Ireland.”

He added that Musk should be “deeply ashamed of his actions”.

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