Elon Musk supports Conor McGregor for President of Ireland

Elon Musk supports Conor McGregor for President of Ireland

Elon Musk

Elon Musk backed UFC star Conor McGregor’s teased 2025 Irish presidential run on Tuesday, tweeting that the fighter would have no problem beating the competition.

McGregor has hinted at the idea several times in recent days, a decision driven by a knife attack in Dublin that wounded three children and one adult. The incident, in late November, sparked riots throughout the city, which led to the arrests of 34 people.

Outlining his potential campaign, McGregor expressed a desire for peaceful streets, calling for policy reforms in immigration and policing.

On Monday, McGregor contrasted himself with potential political competitors in his ability to bring solutions, including former Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, former Fianna Fáil leader Bertie Ahern, and former Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny. He criticised their deep party affiliations and pledging to be a president who listens and adapts, promising frequent public votes and transparency.

“It would not be me in power as President,” he wrote. “It would be me and you.”

In reply, Musk quipped that McGregor could “take them all single-handed.”

McGregor, who has openly discussed political issues in the past, has been active in light of Dublin’s most recent events, criticising the government’s response to the stabbing. Although McGregor condemned the violence, his tweets have made him the subject of an investigation by Garda Síochána, Ireland’s national police force, into hateful rhetoric.

The fighter also praised the Brazilian Deliveroo driver Ciao Benecio who intervened in the knife incident, offering him “free meals forever” at his restaurant.

Musk has also weighed in with criticism of the Irish government in recent weeks. He tweeted that the Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar “hates the Irish people” after the minister pledged to modernise Ireland’s laws against hate speech in the wake of the rioting.

This, as Irish Justice Minister Helen McEntee protested the refusal of X, which Musk owns, to remove inflammatory tweets. Academics at University College Dublin claim that the proliferation of “disinformation” on X allowed “‘a core group’ of prominent right-wing influencers” to instigate the riots on the back of the November knife attack.

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