In a since-deleted tweet, the CEO of Twitter, Elon Musk, expressed gratitude that Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) would no longer hold his role when Congress sunsets.
Musk made the comments during a heated exchange with Schiff following the California Democrat calling out Musk for suspending several journalists’ accounts.
Schiff called out Musk for self-identifying as a “free speech absolutist,” claiming Musk only used the title to “justify turning a blind eye to hatred and bigotry on Twitter.”
He added that Musk didn’t maintain that same position when “journalists report unfavorable news.”
Instead, Schiff asserted in his Friday (December 16) post that Musk’s commitment to free speech wasn’t as “absolute,” but his “hypocrisy” was.
In response, Musk tweeted early on Sunday (December 18) that Schiff would “Thankfully” be losing his chairmanship in the House of Representatives soon, claiming the lawmaker’s “brain is too small.”
Later on Sunday, Musk deleted the tweet.
His disparaging remarks of Schiff come a day after Musk was spotted in Doha, Qatar, with former President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Musk had traveled to Doha to watch the World Cup finals.
But the exchange between the two isn’t uncommon, given Musk has earned the ire of liberals since his acquisition of the social media platform. As one of Musk’s critics, Schiff has often been in heated exchanges with the Twitter CEO.
The friction between the two has only heightened since earlier in the month, Schiff and a Democratic lawmaker sent Musk a letter demanding he answer questions about Twitter’s moderation since he’s taken over.