(LifeSiteNews) — Tech mogul Elon Musk last week argued that elite U.S. schools and universities that teach “full-on communism” are to blame for his estrangement from his 18-year-old son Xavier, who now claims to be a woman and goes by the name Vivian.
The Tesla and SpaceX founder, whose much-publicized $44 billion deal to purchase Big Tech platform Twitter is currently pending, made the remarks in a long-form interview with the Financial Times last week.
Musk, who has nine children with three different women, told the Times he thinks Xavier chose to create the rift due to the influence of “neo-Marxists” who he said lead America’s elite schools and universities and teach “full-on communism. … and a general sentiment that if you’re rich, you’re evil.” It’s unclear what school the 18-year-old is currently attending or has attended in the past.
Musk said the alienation between himself and his son “may change,” but emphasized that he has “very good relationships with all the others.”
“Can’t win them all,” he said.
In June, Xavier’s request to change his legal name to Vivian Jenna Wilson (Wilson is his mother’s maiden name), was approved by an L.A. County Judge.
The teen had filed the petition with the Los Angeles County Superior Court just a day after he turned 18 in April, NBC reported.
“I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form,” he wrote.
It’s unclear what Musk’s opinion is of his son’s decision to identify as a girl.
In 2020, Musk had tweeted, “I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare.” He also highlighted the fact that his electric car company Tesla scored a 100/100 for “LGBTQ equality” for the fourth consecutive year.
Oh and umm … https://t.co/jtg944ERCy
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2020
In recent months, however, Musk has often sided with conservatives on issues like free speech and ESG scores. Earlier this year, he announced his intention to vote for Republican candidates despite having consistently voted a straight Democrat ticket in the past. It remains to be seen whether the world’s richest man has also warmed to core conservative beliefs on social issues like abortion, transgenderism, and the LGBTQ agenda.
Speaking about Texas’ 2021 moves to ban abortion, Musk deflected at the time, saying he “would prefer to stay out of politics” but that the “government should rarely impose its will upon the people.”
Though noticeably quiet on Twitter after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark June decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization to overturn Roe v. Wade (1973), Musk left a tweet warning about the declining U.S. birthrate pinned to his Twitter profile after the historic decision.