Elon Musk, Lindsey Graham Tussle Over Putin's Ukraine Invasion: Senator Threatens EV Tax Credit Withdrawal, Tesla CEO Says 'War Is Ultimate Supreme Court'

Zinger Key Points
  • Elon Musk has another distraction now that he has dipped his toe into the Russia-Ukraine war.
  • Senator Lindsey Graham is among the latest to criticize the Tesla CEO for his stance on the war.
Elon Musk, Lindsey Graham Tussle Over Putin's Ukraine Invasion: Senator Threatens EV Tax Credit Withdrawal, Tesla CEO Says 'War Is Ultimate Supreme Court'

Tesla Inc. TSLA Elon Musk received a lot of flak for proposing a peace plan for Russia and Ukraine earlier this week.

What Happened: On Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) took to Twitter to give a historical perspective on the Russia-Ukraine war, in a bid to help Musk “understand the facts of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.”

Graham argued that it was dumb to suggest that the invasion should conclude by giving up the Russian part of Ukraine after all the suffering. He also recalled the 1994 Budapest memorandum under which Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapon arsenal in return for assurances of protection of its territorial integrity. The agreement, which was also signed by Russia, included protection of Crimea and Donbas as part of Ukraine, he added.

For peace in Ukraine, everyone should demand that Russia honors the boundaries they agreed to in 1994 and withdraw its forces, the Senator said.

“If Elon Musk and others want the world to continue to be in chaos, then by all means capitulate to Putin and reward his aggression,” Graham said.

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Switching gears, the Senator attacked Musk by bringing in something unrelated to the war in Ukraine. He suggested that Congress should revisit the electric vehicle tax credit “boondoggle.” The credit is now solely benefiting EV manufacturers who have raised prices equaling the tax credit, he added, apparently suggesting they have snuffed out the benefits that are due to customers.

He went a step ahead and said this could help save money, which could be used for assisting Ukrainians in defending their homeland.

Musk Hits Back: In reply, Musk tweeted that in any conflict region, the will of those living there should be considered. Most Ukrainians want to be part of Ukraine, although some in the eastern portions having a Russian majority prefer Russia, Musk said.

The billionaire also shared a 2012 electoral map of Ukraine, showing the eastern region had elected pro-Russian candidates.

“Obviously, not everyone who voted for the pro-Russia party wanted to join Russia, but it would also be inaccurate to say that none did,” he added.

Journalist Aaron Rupar asked Musk to Google and see what Russia had done to Ukraine since 2012, in an apparent reference to Russia’s aggression in the region since then, including the 2014 annexation of Crimea.

Reacting to the exchanges between Graham and Musk, venture capitalist and entrepreneur David Sacks said the Senator doesn’t like "talked back to" and had, therefore, threatened with the withdrawal of EV tax credit. Since Tesla doesn’t benefit from tax credits anymore, the threat wouldn’t work, he added.

When a Twitter user asked Musk whether he had ever talked to Vladimir Putin in person, the Tesla CEO said they both talked via videoconference the previous year.

“War is the ultimate Supreme Court,” Musk tweeted then.

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11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

The best Black Friday deals from Amazon are still coming hard and fast because the holiday is not yet upon us and the mega-retailer prefers to keep consumers on the hook for as long as possible—spending as much money as possible. 

To that end, here are some of the best Black Friday deals from Amazon that you might want to consider today.

Calphalon 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set

Regular Price: $172

Sale Price: $138.88

Calphalon’s 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set is designed with stainless steel, stay-cool handles along with pour spouts. The nonstick surface is PFOA-free and built with hard-anodized aluminum that is both durable and conducts heat extremely well. The set includes 2 fry pans, a sauce pan with cover, saute pan with cover and large stock pot with cover.

Apple AirPods 2nd Generation

Regular Price: $144

Sale Price: $85.49

The 2nd Generation AirPods from Apple connect to all Apple devices and give you an enhanced listening experience. Plus, they come with a case that keeps them safe and allows you to charge them in a secure environment. With over 24 hours of battery life, access to Siri and easy setup, you can start listening to your favorite tunes or podcasts today.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Running Shoes

Regular Price: $129.98

Sale Price: $89.98

The Adidas Women’s Ultraboost 21 running shoe is perfect for anyone who likes a short run, maybe a 5K, half marathon or more. Coming in several colors and styles, you can slip these shoes on, enjoy the cushioned outsole, sink into the supple insole and secure laces.

Ninja AF101 Air Fryer

Regular Price: $129.99

Sale Price: $97.83

The Ninja AF101 Air Fryer allows you to crisp, roast, reheat and even dehydrate food products faster and cheaper than ever before. It has a 4-quart capacity and offers a wide temperature range along with several time settings so that you can customize each dish to your needs. Plus, all the parts are dishwasher safe.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Regular Price: $199.95

Sale Price: $99

Beats by Dr. Dre are among the best headphones on the market, and the Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones include the Apple W1 chip, Class 1 Bluetooth and 40 hours of battery time. These headphones even have a built-in microphone and offer an adjustable fit so that you can be comfortable whether you’re listening to an Android or iOS device.

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

Regular Price: $198.98

Sale Price: $175.98

The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner allows you to keep your home spotless and clean up after your pets. The cleaner comes with the Hoover Paws and Claws Deep shampoo and a storage mat to keep the floor dry once it’s put away.

LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum

Regular Price: $999.00

Sale Price: $851.71

The LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum and Wet Mop All in One Tower is designed to work in homes with several pets or children and clean up all the messes that life brings. The battery lasts up to 2 hours, and there’s an extra removable battery that gives you even more cleaning time and power.

Breville Fresh and Furious Blender

Regular Price: $278.60

Sale Price: $199.95

Breville, a top name in blenders and juicers, offers the Fresh and Furious Blender, featuring 50-ounce capacity, Vac Q technology, pre-programmed cycles, LCD display and lid with pull ring. With the Fresh and Furious Blender, you can make everything from a smoothie to a soup and everything in between.

Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $89.99

Sale Price: $55.63

The Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer is designed for professional use, but it works perfectly in the home. With 1875 watts of power, 6 heat and speed settings and a lightweight design, you can easily style your hair and utilize the diffuser, cut back on the frizz and stretch the 8 ft cord for maximum functionality.

Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket

Regular Price: $160

Sale Price: $97.38

The Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket from Columbia is designed to be light for everyday use, but it’s heavy enough to protect you from the cold. The plush fleece lining, security pocket, water resistant fabric, 2-way zipper, and zippered hand pockets make the jacket both protective and functional.

ConAir InfinitiPro Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $49.99

Sale Price: $29.99

ConAir is one of the biggest names in hair and beauty, and the InfinitPro is an 1875 watt hair dryer designed for professionals with ceramic technology. The dryer comes with a diffuser and concentrator, and it allows you to blow out your hair just the way they would at the salon.

Deals the Experts Are Hoping For

Experts believe that Amazon’s Black Friday sale could linger for quite some time. It all started with the Prime Early Access sale on October 11 and 12. Previously, Amazon has offered the “Epic Deals” sale that ran through late October. 

This is to say that any sale could come up at any time. 

Even so, those monitoring Amazon are looking forward to a few potential deals, including:

  • Apple Watch
  • AirPods (any generation)
  • MacBook Pro
  • Large, underpriced TVs
  • Amazon Echo
  • More small home appliances (Dyson or Shark vacuums, Instant Pots, etc.) 

While these predictions are based on last year’s Amazon Black Friday Sale, it’s important to remember that most Black Friday sales are fairly consistent and push the products that are most likely to sell.


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