Understand why Tesla founder Elon Musk is on trending topics

Always controversial, Musk threatened, in July, to support a coup to remove former president Evo Morales from power; intervention would facilitate the import of lithium

The Bolivian elections replaced the name of Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, in Twitter’s trending topics. Known for his “eccentric” statements, the businessman said in July that he could support the coup against former President Evo Morales to facilitate the import of lithium.


Lithium is one of the main substances used in the production of Tesla batteries (Photo: Shutterstock)

The tweet, which said “Let’s hit whoever we want! Deal with it, ”was a response to the following provocation:

Do you know what doesn’t matter to people? The US government is organizing a coup against Evo Morales in Bolivia so that you can get lithium there.

The discussion was raised after Elon Musk demonstrated a desire for South American lithium. Essential ore for Tesla-produced vehicle batteries is found in abundance in Bolivia. The country, together with Chile and Argentina, contains more than 50% of the world’s lithium deposits.

At the time, President Jair Bolsonaro even tried to meet with the billionaire, who speculated to build a Tesla factory in Brazil.

Bolivian elections

The first projections of the vote counting in Bolivia’s presidential elections point to a victory for ex-minister Luis Arce, candidate of ex-president Evo Morales’ party, Movimiento al Socialismo (MAS).

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