Lindsey Graham and Elon Musk clash over Ukraine and electric car subsidies

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk have engaged in a Twitter feud over the Ukraine war and electric car subsidies.

Graham lashed out at Musk over his proposal to resolve the war between Russia and Ukraine, which is currently in its seventh month, in a tweet published on Tuesday.

Musk proposed handing over the Crimea region to Russia while other annexed regions are re-elected under UN supervision. He put it to a non-scientific vote on Twitter, where it lost 59.1% to 40.9% by more than 2.7 million votes.

“It will most likely end up like this – just a question of how many will die by then,” he said in a second tweet. “It is also noteworthy that a possible, albeit unlikely, outcome of this conflict is nuclear war.”

Many criticized Musk’s proposal for being far too deferential to Russia, and Graham vehemently rebuffed it.

“My concern with his Russian ‘peace’ proposal is that it legitimizes one of Putin’s greatest crimes of the 21st century,” Graham tweeted after first praising Musk.

“Russia must abide by the borders it agreed to in the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, in which Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons force — the third largest in the world — in exchange for assurances that its territorial integrity would be protected,” he said continued.

“To do otherwise is an insult to Ukraine and will unleash even more chaos around the world,” he said closed.

In a second Twitter thread about Ukraine and Musk, Graham added a threat to review electric car subsidies that benefited Tesla.

“Speaking of which, perhaps Congress should revisit the electric vehicle tax credit. Here, the credit now only benefits those electric vehicle manufacturers who have increased prices by the amount of the tax credit!” he tweeted. “It could be a good way to save money by using these funds to help Ukrainians defend their homeland!”

That apparently caught Musk’s attention because he was responding to the threat.

“First of all, Tesla hasn’t had that excise tax credit in years and we didn’t ask for it — GM and Ford did,” he replied.

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy replied to Musk with his own Twitter poll which means that the plan abandons the cause of Ukraine.

Musk is in a legal battle with Twitter over its bid to buy the popular social media platform.

Here’s more about Musk Ukraine’s plan:

Elon Musk angers Zelenskyy over Twitter poll on Ukraine peace plan Lindsey Graham and Elon Musk clash over Ukraine and electric car subsidies

Laura Coffey

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