Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has made strong comments in response to the arrest of former President Donald Trump, launching a criticism at the Democrats.
Trump surrendered himself to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg in New York City to face multiple felony charges concerning alleged hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels during his 2016 election cycle. Many have called the case politically charged, given that no former US President has ever faced charges of this kind. Prosecutors argue that the $130,000 paid to Daniels was an improper contribution to Trump’s campaign, resulting in suspected benefits to his election.
Responding to a post on the matter by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Musk raised concerns that the American people could lose confidence in the justice system if one-sided prosecutions by political parties continue.
I believe that Donald Trump will have a fair trial that follows the facts and the law. There’s no place in our justice system for any outside influence or intimidation in the legal process. As the trial proceeds, protest is an American right, but all protests must be peaceful.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) April 4, 2023
“To avoid losing the trust of the American public, it is important that our justice system pursue Democrats and Republicans with equal vigor. Whichever party most puts justice before nepotism is the one that deserves trust,” Musk said.
Musk went on to post a meme jesting about Democrats’ use of a time machine, indicating that they would have killed Trump before he rose to a politician’s limelight. Prior to this, he professed that Trump would achieve landslide victory in the election following his arrest, and especially so if he were handcuffed.
If the Dem Party had a time machine pic.twitter.com/a1QE7JcGLB
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 4, 2023
While having previously criticized the Biden administration’s economic policies, Musk made his foray into politics during the nation’s lockdowns three years ago, with an assessment that leftists were alienating the middle of the political spectrum. He subsequently called on Americans to “take the red pill” and purchased Twitter last year to promote open dialogue.
Trump currently faces charges of 34 felony counts of falsifying business records, which are the lowest-level felonies of the state, each carrying up to four years in prison. Acting New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan, who imposed the highest possible fine on The Trump Organization for its years-long tax evasion scheme and sentenced former Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg to five months in prison, will oversee the hush money case.
Trump believes that Merchan was “handpicked” by Bragg to preside over the case and claims that the judge “hates” him. Trump has further stated that Merchan is “highly partisan,” and his family comprises well-known ‘Trump haters,’ airing his opinion on his newly formed social media platform, ‘Truth Social.’ In recent weeks, reports indicate that Soros, a billionaire on the left, donated funds to several organizations that supported Bragg’s campaign, with Soros publicly coming under defense in recent times as to the bankrolling of progressive district attorneys. Trump also faces additional legal challenges in three other criminal proceedings, including federal probes into his actions after the 2020 elections and alleged meddling in the Georgia elections.