Elon Musk apologizes to Pelosi family for conspiracy theory tweet

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk speaks with Lt. Gen. Richard Clark, Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, during the Ira C. Eaker Distinguished Speaker Presentation in the Academy's Arnold Hall on April 7, 2022 in Colorado Springs, Colo. (U.S. Air Force photo by Trevor cokley)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has apologized for his tweet back in October, which promoted an unfounded theory about the attack on 82-year-old Paul Pelosi, the husband of former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Paul Pelosi was violently attacked in his San Francisco home in late October. 

Amidst reports that Nancy Pelosi’s husband was violently attacked in his home by 42-year-old David Depape, Elon Musk echoed a conspiracy theory about the incident. Musk linked to an article from the Santa Monica Observer, which claimed that the attack was caused by an argument between Pelosi and David. The Observer also claimed that Pelosi might have invited Depape inside the house. 

As a result of the attack, Paul Pelosi had to get surgery to treat a fractured skull. His right arm and hands were also reportedly treated for injuries. Depape, on the other hand, was also taken to the hospital. He is suspected for attempted murder, assault with a weapon, burglary, and elder abuse. 

Recently, San Francisco County Superior Court Judge Stephen Murphy opted to have videos taken during the night of the attack public. The videos clearly showed Depape using a hammer to gain entry into the home. Police body cam footage also shared footage of the attack. At this time, it was evident that the conspiracy theory Musk briefly posted on Twitter was just that — a conspiracy theory. 

Amidst the release of the videos, calls for Elon Musk to issue an apology to the Pelosi family were abounding online. Author Juanita Broaddrick, a former nursing home administrator who previously accused former US President Bill Clinton of abuse, asked on Twitter what Elon Musk should apologize for. Musk responded, stating that “Nonetheless, I apologize.” 

Musk followed this up a few hours later in a response to MSNBC journalist Stephanie Ruhle, who stated that this would be a good time for the CEO to apologize to the Pelosi family. Musk noted that, “I did.” 

Musk’s apology received polarizing responses from users of the social media platform. Musk critics accused the CEO of being insincere in his apology because his sentiments were posted as a reply, not a main tweet. Supporters of the CEO, however, observed that it would be interesting to see how many people could also post apologies to Musk for the lies and harm that they have caused him, his family, and his companies over the years. 

Musk admitted that such things don’t happen frequently. “That is rather rare,” Musk wrote. 

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Elon Musk apologizes to Pelosi family for conspiracy theory tweet
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