Tesla boss Elon Musk has compared Justin Trudeau to Hitler for his actions against truck drivers. Elon Musk has compared Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Adolf Hitler for his actions against the blocking of truck drivers on Twitter. The tweet featured a picture of the dictator with the text overlaid, "Stop comparing me to Justin Trudeau." Below it was written: "I had a state budget." Musk deleted the tweet, but many Twitter users quoted and commented on it, including the American Jewish Committee (AJC): "To compare Democratic politicians to Hitler is an insult to those who suffered unimaginable suffering at the hands of the Nazis."
The Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum tweeted: "The use of the image of Adolf Hitler and thereby exploiting the tragedy of all the people who suffered, were humiliated, tortured and murdered under the totalitarian regime of Nazi Germany that he created is sad and upsetting."
Musk didn't respond to those tweets, instead of posting another tweet suggesting reading a book on Nazi Germany's economic history for "an in-depth explanation," according to a report by the British Guardian.
Musk's tweets appear to have been in response to reports that Canadian authorities had ordered banks to block cryptocurrency donations to anti-vaccination groups.
The USA and Canada had introduced mandatory vaccinations when crossing borders, which has been in effect since mid-January 2022. This caused protests from truckers who blocked traffic with convoys. The Canadian leader then invoked emergency powers, allowing authorities to crack down on protesters, arresting them, and confiscating their vehicles.
Musk spoke out in support of the truck drivers' protests. In a previous tweet, he wrote, "When the Canadian government suppresses peaceful protests, that's fascism."