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Lemon Releases Musk Interview That Got Him Canceled

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Don Lemon interviewed Elon Musk in a contentious exchange that covered a wide range of topics.

They disagreed on issues like woke ideology, diversity policies, transgender rights, and Musk’s relationship with Trump.

Musk defended his stance against prioritizing race and lowering standards.

“The Don Lemon interview is the worst piece of media I’ve ever seen,” commentator Benny Johnson wrote. “Nothing else even comes close. Offensive to the eyes & intellect… Oh this is painful.”

Musk discussed using ketamine for depression and denied abusing it.

“If you use too much ketamine you can’t really get work done, and I have a lot of work,” he said.

“It’s a prescription from a real doctor,” he said.

“Putting in 16-hour days, that’s normal for me, and it’s rare for me to even take off a weekend day, so I don’t really have a situation where I can be not mentally acute for an extended period of time,” Musk said.

“I can’t really get wasted.”

Often, “there will be several weeks go by that I don’t use it,” he said.

“Instead of it being the real Don Lemon, it was really just Jeff Zucker talking through Don, so lacked authenticity,” Musk later said of the interview.

“Do you suffer from depression?” Lemon asked at one point.

“I ask as someone who has suffered from depression,” Lemon said.

“I wouldn’t say that I have a case of extended depression, it’s just once in a while I get into a negative chemical mind state,” Musk said.

Lemon accused Musk of insulting views, while Musk said Lemon put words in his mouth.

They sparred over claims like hate speech increasing on Twitter, and an alleged meeting between Musk and Trump.

“I was at a breakfast at a friend’s place, and Donald Trump came by, that’s it,” Musk said.

“He did most of the talking,” he said, laughing.

“Of all the things he said, there wasn’t really anything groundbreaking or new. But he, you know… President Trump likes to talk.”

“I think we should not make this a constant subject I think we need to move on. I think we need to treat people as people,” Musk later said regarding DEI.

“But I think we want to look to the future rather than the past. Because if you look at history everyone was a slave. We are all descended from slaves, it’s just a question of whether it was less recently or more recently.”

Musk pressed that DEI leads to lower standards, to which Lemon argued, there is “no evidence of that.”

“They literally lowered the standards at Duke University… are you saying they didn’t?” Musk said. “I believe that is a false statement you’re making.”

Lemon said Musk was “insulting” him, to which Musk argued Lemon was “putting words in my mouth.”

“Do you believe that women and minority pilots are inherently less intelligent and less skilled than white pilots?” Lemon asked.

“No,” Musk said. “I’m just saying we should not lower the standards for them.”

“I’m saying that we as a country should move beyond questions of race and gender, and we should treat people as individuals,” Musk later said.

Musk also talked about upcoming Tesla vehicles.

The interview style resembled a deposition at times and featured tense back-and-forths without consensus between the two.

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