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Timothy L. O'Brien

Musk Woos Trump for an Ugly Twitter Codependency

The social network’s owner needs its most recognizable global power user for monetary gain, and the former president will inevitably need his megaphone.

Two world-class juvenile delinquents will coexist in the same digital frat house.

Two world-class juvenile delinquents will coexist in the same digital frat house.

Photographer: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

“When Elon Musk came to the White House asking me for help on all of his many subsidized projects, whether it’s electric cars that don’t drive long enough, driverless cars that crash, or rocketships to nowhere, without which subsidies he’d be worthless, and telling me how he was a big Trump fan and Republican, I could have said, ‘drop to your knees and beg,’ and he would have done it…” — Donald Trump on Truth Social, 7/12/22

Elon Musk took to Twitter on Sunday night, posting a cartoon of a woman eyeing a bottle of prescription drugs. He labeled the woman “Donald Trump” and the bottle “His reinstated twitter account.” In other words, Trump needs Twitter like some people need their drugs, and it won’t be long before Trump is active on the platform. (Musk later replaced that cartoon with a more suggestive one depicting a beguiling woman on her knees, her dress hiked up around her hips. A priest stands nearby, trying to resist the temptation of sex. Musk tagged the woman’s bare backside with the Twitter logo and labeled the priest “Trump.”)

The converse is also true, of course: Musk needs Trump like some carnival barkers need an act in the center ring of their circus. And Musk needs it so much that he doesn’t care how violent that act might get.