Elon Musk Just Apologized For Spreading Paul Pelosi Attack Conspiracy–With Even More Disinformation About The Attack
Elon Musk was criticized for his 'nonetheless, I apologize' tweet after Juanita Broaddrick spread the lie that Paul Pelosi and his attacker were both in their underwear.
After Paul Pelosi was viciously attacked in his home last year, Elon Musk famously and irresponsibly suggested there was "more to this story" and tweeted an unfounded conspiracy theory about the attack.
While he later deleted the tweet, many felt the damage was done and called on Musk to apologize to the Pelosis after the bodycam footage of the attack was released last week.
A demand that rankled many on the right, including conspiracy theorist Juanita Broaddrick, who repeated a debunked theory about the attack in her tweet demanding to know why Musk should apologize.
\u201cIdiots on the left want @elonmusk to apologize to the Pelosis. For what? It is still a questionable and bizarre situation between two men in their underwear.\u201d— Juanita Broaddrick (@Juanita Broaddrick) 1674923463
In her tweet, Broaddrick repeated the oft-touted lie that both Pelosi and his attacker were wearing nothing but their underwear when the attack took place and demanded that Musk not apologize to "the left" for spreading the misinformation in the first place.
The claim that both men were in their underwear was used to claim that the assailant was an escort that Pelosi had met at a gay bar and that they had gone back to Pelosi's house together before the attack.
The newly released bodycam footage from officers arriving at the scene after the attack readily disproved the lie that both men were in their underwear.
Pelosi, who had been in bed sleeping before the assailant broke into his house, was in a button-down pajama shirt and boxers — pretty common sleepwear — while the perpetrator was wearing cargo shorts and a sweatshirt.
Rather than refuting Broaddrick's claim about the men being in their underwear, however, Musk simply replied "Nonetheless, I apologize."
\u201c@atensnut Nonetheless, I apologize\u201d— Juanita Broaddrick (@Juanita Broaddrick) 1674923463
People were quick to point out the issue with both Broaddrick's initial tweet and Musk's reply.
\u201c@elonmusk @atensnut They were not in their underwear. We know this BECAUSE WE HAVE THE VIDEO. DePape was in cargo shorts and sneakers and Paul was in his pajama shirt and pajama boxers (was sleeping when DePape broke in). Why are you still doubling down?\u201d— Juanita Broaddrick (@Juanita Broaddrick) 1674923463
\u201c@JennaEllisEsq @elonmusk @atensnut You are an awful human being. Let me guess, you claim to follow Christ as well?\u201d— Juanita Broaddrick (@Juanita Broaddrick) 1674923463
\u201c@JennaEllisEsq @elonmusk @atensnut Paul Pelosi was awakened in the middle of the night by a home intruderHe was wearing boxers & a shirt~The intruder was wearing SHORTS & a sweatshirt~The exact same thing he was wearing in the video of him breaking the windows. WHAT is the point of your continuous lies? STOP\u201d— Juanita Broaddrick (@Juanita Broaddrick) 1674923463
\u201c@elonmusk @atensnut That\u2019s a non-apology. \nA real apology is \u201cI am SORRY (explain what you did wrong\u201d. \nYou are not taking responsibility. (But you never do )\u201d— Juanita Broaddrick (@Juanita Broaddrick) 1674923463
\u201c@elonmusk @atensnut Could you please apologize in a general tweet instead of as a reply to someone else\u2019s? This is like screaming out an accusation in the middle of Times Square and apologizing in a hotel bathroom. Your apology isn\u2019t reaching nearly the same number of people as your accusation did.\u201d— Juanita Broaddrick (@Juanita Broaddrick) 1674923463
\u201c@elonmusk @atensnut Can you please be more specific about whom your apologizing to and what you\u2019re apologizing for? Otherwise it\u2019s not really an apology.\u201d— Juanita Broaddrick (@Juanita Broaddrick) 1674923463
\u201c@elonmusk @atensnut that's not much of an apology. You need to say WHAT IT IS you are apologizing for in order for it to mean anything. That's the only way it's going to be believable. "I apologize for XYZ. I was wrong to say XYZ."\u201d— Juanita Broaddrick (@Juanita Broaddrick) 1674923463
\u201c@elonmusk @atensnut that's not much of an apology. and both men were not in underwear. Pelosi had been asleep in shirt and boxers when the intruder broke in, but the intruder was clothed. https://t.co/q3z49EENWE\u201d— Juanita Broaddrick (@Juanita Broaddrick) 1674923463
\u201c@elonmusk @atensnut So.. you apologized in a reply to someone who was trying to double down on the spurious accusation? Why not just post an apology on your own feed? I don't get that. Unless, is this not the only apology you made and I missed it?\u201d— Juanita Broaddrick (@Juanita Broaddrick) 1674923463
\u201cHey @elonmusk care to react to the Pelosi video? You spread the big conspiracy\u2026\u201d— Adam Kinzinger #fella (@Adam Kinzinger #fella) 1674847904
When MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle pointed out that the release of video evidence disproving the conspiracy theory made it the perfect time to apologize to the Pelosis, Musk responded "I did" and linked to his reply to Broaddrick.
This is far from the first time Musk has used Twitter as a platform to spread bizarre and insulting misinformation.
In 2018, when 12 members of a youth soccer team and their coach were trapped in a cave in Thailand, Musk chose to refer to British cave explorer Vernon Unsworth as a "pedo" during an argument over how to rescue the children.
While Unsworth sued Musk for defamation, the jury ultimately decided that Musk had not defamed Unsworth after Musk claimed that he had meant "pedo" as a stand-in for "creepy old man" rather than its literal meaning.