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Joshua Green

Elon Musk Is Ruining Trump’s Presidential Campaign

Twitter’s chief executive has stolen the ex-president’s media mojo by becoming the ubiquitous troll-in-chief who always owns the libs.

I see what you’re doing.

I see what you’re doing.

Photographer: Getty Images; illustration by Jessica Karl.

For years, Donald Trump has survived scandal, scorn and defeat and still managed to keep his warlord grip on the Republican Party. Even this month’s epic string of disasters, from his candidates’ losses in the midterms and his dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes and professed Hitler-fan Ye (Kanye West) to the tax fraud convictions of two of his companies, might not derail him.

But irrelevance might. In the critical weeks since his Nov. 16 campaign launch, the person who has dominated the right-wing attention economy isn’t Trump. It’s Elon Musk.