Elon Musk, the closest person we have to the living embodiment of Bruce Wayne, just accidentally revealed feelings about President Donald Trump’s embattled travel ban that are stronger than he previously let on.
A series of tweets went out on Musk’s Twitter account Wednesday afternoon, decrying the ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries as “not right.”
That’s a few steps up on the criticism scale from the subtle shade Trump’s economic adviser threw at the ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries last month. The ban has been struck down by courts three times since Trump signed the executive order instituting it.
Turns out, the Tesla CEO’s weightier words were draft tweets that were mistakenly published, giving the impression that he pulled himself back when he said the ban wasn’t “the best way to address the country’s challenges.” The published drafts were quickly deleted.
Many in the tech world share the same sentiment as Musk’s deleted tweets, but this is the guy who refused to step down as an economic adviser to our notoriously thin-skinned president. Working alongside the president, even if you disagree, is the better option, Musk has opined.
Musk claimed he said “the same thing” a week ago when he praised the courts’ decision to block the ban, but his language was more measured. It was more of a side-eye than a slam dunk on Trump.
Many in America don’t realize how proud they should be of the legal system. Not perfect, but nowhere is the cause of justice better served.
Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 5, 2017
Those statements came after Musk found himself defending his decision to stay on Trump’s advisory panel rather than quit like Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Musk said the ban was discussed during the panel’s first meeting at his request.
Musk’s companies, Tesla and SpaceX, did sign onto a brief filed by dozens of tech companies against Trump’s ban because it hinders their economic success, but this is the first time we’ve seen him outright tweet it’s “not right.”