Famed comedian Larry David reportedly engaged in a heated conversation with Elon Musk regarding his affiliation with the Republican Party, according to a recently published biography about the Tesla and SpaceX CEO.
The incident was detailed in a comprehensive 615-page book titled “Elon Musk,” penned by acclaimed biographer Walter Isaacson, chronicling the remarkable ascent of the tech mogul.
The encounter between the 52-year-old Musk and the 76-year-old star of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” unfolded during Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel’s wedding in Saint-Tropez, France, last year. Isaacson’s account of the event coincided with the aftermath of a tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers lost their lives.
Isaacson recounted that David appeared visibly agitated and posed a pointed question to Musk: “Do you just want to murder kids in schools?”
Musk was allegedly taken aback and irritated by the query, retorting that he was “anti-kid murder”.
In response, David pressed further, inquiring, “Then how could you vote Republican?”
David confirmed the incident to Isaacson, explaining that Musk’s critical remarks about the Democratic Party had deeply unsettled him.
In May 2022, Musk had publicly declared his shift towards supporting the Republican Party, citing his perception of the Democratic Party as promoting division and animosity.
David emphasized, “Even without the Uvalde tragedy, I likely would have brought it up because I was both angered and offended.”
Isaacson’s new book delves into his two-year journey shadowing the billionaire entrepreneur, offering insights into Musk’s leadership within his tech empire, his examination of emails and text messages, and interviews with those who are close to him as well as those who have distanced themselves from him.
Isaacson also explores Musk’s tumultuous romantic relationships, his early life in South Africa, and his inclination towards stirring up controversies.
Larry David, an outspoken supporter of the Democratic Party, initially began his career as a stand-up comedian before briefly contributing to “Saturday Night Live” in the mid-1980s. It was during this time that he partnered with Jerry Seinfeld in 1989 to create the immensely popular and financially successful sitcom “Seinfeld.” The syndication of the show in the late 1990s reportedly earned David a substantial $250 million payday. He continues to profit from the show’s rights, with an agreement in place that extends payments until a total of $1.7 billion has been disbursed. In 2019, Netflix acquired the streaming rights to “Seinfeld,” resulting in another substantial windfall for David, estimated to be over $100 million.