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Did Elon Musk Tell Kanye West, 'We May Have More Differences of Opinion Than I Anticipated'?

Endorsing someone for president without knowing the platform they'll be running on is generally a bad idea.

Published Jul 10, 2020

Elon Musk, SpaceX Chief Engineer participates in a SpaceX Demonstration Mission 2 Launch Briefing at the Neil A. Armstrong Operations and Checkout Building following the departure of NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley for Launch Complex 39A to board a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft for launch, Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission is the first launch with astronauts of the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket to the International Space Station as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. The test flight serves as an end-to-end demonstration of SpaceX’s crew transportation system. Today’s launch of Behnken and Hurley was scrubbed due to weather and is now scheduled for 3:22 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 30, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center. A new era of human spaceflight is set to begin as American astronauts once again launch on an American rocket from American soil to low-Earth orbit for the first time since the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011.  Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls) (Wikipedia)
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Claim:
Elon Musk tweeted, "we may have more differences of opinion than I anticipated" when shown an article about Kanye West's 2020 presidential platform.

On July 4, 2020, rapper and entrepreneur Kanye West announced that he was running for president in 2020. The news came as a bit of a shock to some, since the controversial rapper and entrepreneur has little political experience, and his announcement came after many of the presidential filing deadlines had expired. But even more surprising was the fact that West seemingly secured big money backer Elon Musk within hours of his announcement:

A few days later, an image started circulating on social media that supposedly showed a follow-up tweet sent by Musk in response to a news article about West's 2020 platform. The news article, a rehash of an interview West gave to Forbes, stated in its headline that West would be running on an anti-abortion and anti-vaccination platform in 2020, which prompted Musk to write: "We May Have More Differences of Opinion Than I Anticipated."

These are both genuine tweets sent from Elon Musk's account.

Many social media users were skeptical of the authenticity of the second tweet — "We May Have More Differences of Opinion Than I Anticipated." — as it can no longer be found on Musk's timeline. Some surmised that this was because the tweet was doctored, or sent from an impostor account, but it looks like Musk simply deleted this message shortly after it was posted. An archived version of Musk's tweet can be found here.

The archived version reveals that Musk posted this tweet below a message sent by Twitter user John Crowley, which included a link to the aforementioned news article, and the message: "Cmon Elon - you're way to intelligent for this BS."

Sources

Lane, Randall.   "Kanye West Says He’s Done With Trump—Opens Up About White House Bid, Damaging Biden And Everything In Between."     Forbes.   8 July 2020.

BreakingNews.ie.   "Kanye West Says He is Anti-Abortion and anti-Vaccination in Presidential Bid."     7 July 2020.

Young, Alex.   "Elon Musk is Already Reconsidering His Endorsement of Kanye West."     Consequence of Sound.   9 July 2020.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.