Elon Musk and his tweet walking back support of Kanye West
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Elon Musk Walks Back Endorsement Of Kanye West’s Presidential Run

Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s “full support” of Kanye West’s 2020 presidential bid was short-lived, judging by a brief Twitter conversation that seems to show Musk walking back this support just three days later. In a now-deleted response to one John Crowley of Ireland pointing out that West is anti-abortion and anti-vaccine, Musk admitted that he and West “may have more differences of opinion than I anticipated.”

Though deleted, people were able to get the screenshot before his tweet disappeared.

Musk originally tweeted “you have my full support” to West in response to the musician’s tweet officially announcing his presidential run. In an extensive interview with Forbes characterized by many as rambling and rather strange, West spoke on Musk’s support and suggested that the Tesla CEO could become the head of the U.S. “space program.”

“We’ve been talking about this for years,” said West.

West also spoke out against vaccines and called future vaccines for the novel coronavirus “the mark of the beast,” then suggested something about someone wanting to put chips inside everybody.

“So when they say the way we’re going to fix Covid is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious,” he said. “That’s the mark of the beast. They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven.”

Other than the deleted tweet, Musk has not issued further public comment on West’s presidential run or his supposed support of the campaign. Whatever his final decision on supporting West ends up being, it seems unlikely that the public is going to let him live this down.