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Twitter CEO Elon Musk’s father is concerned for his son’s safety after he was instrumental in unveiling the Twitter Files which showed how the government worked with the old powers that be at Twitter to censor certain information.
“He decided, after the recent threats against him, that I need protection as well,” his dad, Errol Musk said in an interview with The Sun.
“If they kidnap one of us, it will be the quickest $20 million anybody’s ever made in their life. I think Elon’s a bit naïve about the enemies he’s making, especially with the Twitter Files,” he said. “I’m not scared but I’m really afraid that something might happen to Elon, even though he has about 100 security guards around him. I think it’s a matter of time before one of the people he will expose with the Twitter Files says, ‘I don’t want to go to jail, take Elon out.’ It’s not rocket science.”
Errol says that due to the increased threats against Elon, his son’s team ramped up security measures at his home last month. They include a high-tech camera system, electrified fencing, and around-the-clock monitoring by guards who are “armed to the teeth.”
“Elon’s people contacted me to say they wanted to completely secure my house,” Elon Musk’s dad said.
“I got a notice in December from this security company saying that they have instructions to secure the house. So I now have nine cameras around the house that are monitored 24/7 and that I can monitor on my phone and TV. They’ve also installed an electric fence around my house. I have first-class security now. It’s unbelievable,” he said.
“It has everything, including backup power, so it works whether we have electricity load shedding or not. They’ve installed everything imaginable here. I now have a quarter of a million rand ($14,600) security system with an armed response by a new security company in my town, which I hear is quite good,” he said.
“They focus 100 percent on me. It’s a new, super big security company armed to the teeth. They check on me all the time. If they see a strange car in my driveway, they come in and ask me if I’m alright. I hate living like this, but I’ve lived like this in Johannesburg and Pretoria, and I understand where it’s coming from,” he said.
He said that he is concerned about an attempt being made on his life.
“Frankly, the risk of something bad happening or literally even being shot is quite significant,” Musk’s dad said. “I’m definitely not going to be doing any open-air car parades, let me put it that way. It’s not that hard to kill me if somebody wanted to, so hopefully they don’t.”
Elon Musk tore into Democrats after a few appeared to threaten him with investigations after he took over the social media platform.
Musk went after those who he described as “major Democrat politicians” for “coordinated” attacks against him.
Musk responded on Twitter to a tweet from user Jason Debolt, who pointed out how Democrat lawmakers have recently begun to attack Musk, noting that the billionaire had not inserted himself into political debates and issues beforehand.
“Elon wasn’t super political on Twitter until Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren started attacking him for no reason. Then others followed. Of all the dudes they could have attacked, they chose the guy most capable of helping the government solve problems. Strange choice,” Debolt tweeted.
Musk responded in agreeance and suggested that those Democrats were just “actors on the political stage.”
“Several other major Democrat politicians attacked me too, all around the same time. It was coordinated. Outside of party leadership and independents like Manchin, they are essentially actors on the political stage, not directors or script writers,” Musk tweeted.
Senate Democrats have since threatened investigations into Musk’s purchase of Twitter, while the Biden White House has also said the administration will be monitoring how the platform functions as well.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) called on the administration to look into Musk’s acquisition on Nov. 1, suggesting that Saudi Arabia has undue influence on the platform. And Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has also threatened to push new regulations for Twitter after Musk failed to respond to a letter he sent regarding user verification.
Musk responded by trolling Dems over the party’s refusal to look into the burgeoning scandal involving crypto exchange FTX and its CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried, after tens of billions in losses.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre also recently told reporters that the administration is keeping “an eye” on Twitter and Musk.