Elon Musk Breaks His Unusual Silence After More Than A Week

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Elon Musk has historically been active on social media.

He loves to tweet about his businesses, the economy, politics, both domestic and international, chocolate milk, and whatever is on his mind.

He loves it so much he decided to buy the social media giant Twitter amid the platform’s growing policy to block users who do not agree with liberal values.

Fans of free speech have been cheering Musk’s purchase, which is still ongoing, and liberals are booing loudly.

Musk has been fairly transparent in his Tweets throughout the acquisition.

In April, Musk and Twitter struck a deal in which the billionaire would buy the company for $54.20 a share, or about $44 billion. The deal was expected to close sometime later in the year. Since then, Twitter’s stock has sunk to $38.23 a share as of Friday, Mediate reports.

“Here’s what bankers are telling me,” Charlie Gasparino told Neil Cavuto on Friday’s Your World. “So, take it for what it’s worth. And some of these bankers proclaim to be involved at least tangentially in the discussions, Musk’s discussions to take over Twitter. They say he is negotiating right now with Twitter about a lower price. His lawyers essentially have told him to lay off Twitter while this negotiation goes down because they’re not sure exactly where it’s going to show up.”

Under the agreement, Musk is obligated to buy the company at $54.20 a share, a price he’s expected to cover through a combination of his own money and financing from banks. Given the big haircut Twitter’s stock has taken – as well as Tesla’s, which Musk will need to use as collateral to get financing – he appears to be attempting to wriggle out of the agreed-upon price tag.

While the deal requires Musk to buy the company at $54.20 a share, Twitter shareholders may want to cash out at a lesser price sooner rather than hoping courts to rule in their favor later, Mediate writes.

“They’re looking at a way to creatively finance this where everybody makes a few bucks and walks away,” said Gasparino. “They’re in a pickle.”

This past week Twitter users became concerned about Musk, as their was silence on his profile.

Musk tweeted on June 21st and then was silent.

For a guy who tweets frequently, the lack of activity was concerning for some.

Charlie Gasparino spoke out and explained that Elon Musk’s unusually long Twitter hiatus has been due to ongoing negotiations between the Tesla Motors CEO and Twitter’s board of directors, Mediate writes.

“This thing could also be heading for litigation,” Gasparino continued. “For once, he’s listening to his lawyers. So that’s kind of where we are. And the price tag, a lot of people think, that’s gonna be worked out.”

He added that he’s heard Musk is trying to renegotiate the price to somewhere around $40 a share.

“They’re looking at a way to creatively finance this where everybody makes a few bucks and walks away,” said Gasparino. “They’re in a pickle.”

Speculation as to Musk’s social media silence was rampant.

Musk has has other upheavals lately, such as an estrangement with one of his children, and layoffs at his Tesla organization.

But, after nine days Musk made his return to social media and Twitter.

Musk did not discuss the ongoing Twitter purchase, but instead had an array of personal tweets about his life, reports The Washington Examiner.

Without giving an explanation for his absence, Musk made his return with a tribute to popular YouTuber Technoblade, who recently died of cancer at the age of 23.

“Popular Minecraft YouTuber Technoblade with 12 Billion subscribers recently passed away at the age of 23 due to cancer, and this made [me] realize that cancer is [an] absurd piece of literal garbage and death, but also try to live your best life with people who know,” Musk wrote.

Musk also tweeted a picture with Pope Francis and a throwback picture of his 40th birthday festivities.

“Feeling … perhaps … a little bored?” the Tesla and SpaceX CEO then asked on Twitter, The Examiner writes.

He followed that tweet with one displaying a picture of him meeting with the pope alongside his children. The photo featured four of his teenage boys.

Next, Musk tweeted a throwback picture of a trip to Venice, Italy, for his 40th birthday with his ex-wife actress Talulah Riley.

“Talulah designed that dress herself and much of my 40th birthday party. She is a party genius,” he told a Twitter user when chided for buying her half a dress.

Despite their divorce, which occurred twice, Riley has maintained that the pair continues to share a “very deep love and connection.”

So Musk seems to be stepping back from comments about business, the Twitter takeover, Tesla layoffs and personal problems with his child in favor of honoring someone who has passed, honoring his memories with ex-wife and kids, and memories of travels and celebrations.


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