Elon Musk blames ‘communists’ for turning his trans daughter against him. No, seriously

Elon Musk at the Met Gala 2022

Elon Musk has blamed “communist” universities and schools for turning his trans daughter against him.

The Tesla tycoon opened up about his fraught relationship with his teenage daughter, who filed for a name change in Los Angeles in April.

At the time, Elon Musk’s daughter requested that the gender marker on her birth certificate be changed. She also said she wanted to change her name as she did not wish “to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form”.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Musk blamed his difficult relationship with his trans daughter on left-wing elite schools and universities in the United States.

He claimed his daughter no longer wants to have a relationship with him because of what the Financial Times called “the supposed takeover of elite schools and universities by neo-Marxists”.

“It’s full-on communism… and a general sentiment that if you’re rich, you’re evil,” Musk said.

“It [the relationship] may change, but I have very good relationships with all the others [children].”

He added: “Can’t win them all.”

Elon Musk defended his trans daughter’s right to privacy

Musk’s trans daughter’s decision to change her name made global headlines in June when court documents made their way into the media.

When The Daily Beast approached Musk for comment ahead of publishing a story on his daughter’s name change, he replied: “Please don’t out someone against their will – it’s not right.”

He told the publication: “She does not want to be a public figure. I think it is important to defend her right to privacy.”

Musk has faced backlash in the past for making anti-trans comments. He once tweeted that “pronouns suck” and described them as an “aesthetic nightmare”.

More recently, he mocked tech brands for changing their logos to mark Pride Month.

In recent months, Musk has made headlines for his efforts to buy Twitter. He was criticised by GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis when he said he would prioritise “free speech” on the platform.

“LGBTQ people are at disproportionate risk for harassment online and violent in real life,” Ellis said.

“The cost of hate speech further erodes basic safety and civility across society.”