Elon Musk Slams Kamala Harris for Alleged Lies About Election Issue

By: Georgia | Published: Jul 02, 2024

Elon Musk publicly accused Kamala Harris of falsely stating Donald Trump’s position on a national abortion ban on his social media platform X, formerly Twitter. 

Musk used community notes to correct Harris, indicating a significant divergence from the truth. This action by Musk emphasizes the platform’s commitment to factual accuracy in public discourse.

Donald Trump's Actual Stance on Abortion

Donald Trump has stated that he is against a national abortion ban and would not sign such a law if re-elected. 

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His rationale is that the Supreme Court’s decision has already addressed the issue by overturning Roe v. Wade, effectively returning the decision to individual states.

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The Aftermath of the Presidential Debate

During the presidential debate, Donald Trump reiterated his position on not supporting a national abortion ban, a stance that caused confusion and strategic reevaluation among Democrats. 

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This debate highlighted the contrasting perspectives on abortion policies between the two parties.

Kamala Harris's Controversial Tweet

Vice President Kamala Harris posted, “Donald Trump would ban abortion nationwide,” a statement that was factually challenged by the notes on Musk’s platform X. 

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This post led to significant public discussion and correction regarding the accuracy of political statements on social media.

Elon Musk's Reaction to Misinformation

Elon Musk emphasized the importance of truth on his platform by reposting Harris’s tweet accompanied by factual corrections. 

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He commented, “When will politicians, or at least the intern who runs their account, learn that lying on this platform doesn’t work anymore?” pointing out the role of community notes in maintaining factual integrity.

Trump’s Clarification at Mar-a-Lago

During a press event at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump clarified that there is no need for a national abortion ban due to the Supreme Court’s June 2022 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. 

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He stated, “We don’t need it any longer because we broke Roe v. Wade, and we did something that nobody thought was possible.”

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Trump's Ambiguous Position on Abortion

When questioned further about whether he identifies as ‘pro-choice’ or ‘pro-life,’ Trump avoided a direct answer, simply stating, “You know exactly which one it is.” 

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This non-committal response has been a characteristic method for Trump to handle sensitive topics.

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Trump Compares Himself to Reagan

Donald Trump compared his political journey to that of Ronald Reagan.

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He noted, “When I was in New York, and when I was a Democrat also just like Ronald Reagan, you know. Ronald Reagan was a Democrat, we sort of fall in a very similar path.”

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Trump’s Endorsement of Supreme Court Justices

Trump expressed pride in the Supreme Court justices he appointed, who played a pivotal role in overturning Roe v. Wade. 

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He praised their decisions and highlighted their impact on American legal precedent, marking a significant shift in abortion laws in the United States.

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Trump’s Critique of Democratic Abortion Policies

Donald Trump criticized Democratic policies on abortion, particularly their support for late-term abortions. 

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He described these positions as “extreme and radical,” illustrating a fundamental difference in policy perspectives between the two parties.

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Trump’s Announcement on Abortion Policy

Donald Trump also stated that abortion policy should be left up to the states, a position he had hinted at but only clarified recently.

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This announcement is seen as his definitive stance on how abortion should be regulated post-Roe v. Wade.

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Political Reactions to Trump’s Abortion Stance

Pro-life advocates have expressed disappointment in Trump’s decision to leave abortion laws to the states rather than seeking a national ban. 

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Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America stated, “The group is ‘deeply disappointed’ in Trump’s position and said giving the issue to the states ‘cedes the national debate to the Democrats.’ They vowed to ‘work tirelessly to defeat President Biden’ in November.” This represents a significant division within conservative ranks over how to approach abortion legislation.

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