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Elon Musk stirs up an epic political tweetstorm

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Nobody does a tweetstorm like Elon Musk. (SpaceX via YouTube)

Tech wizard Elon Musk’s fans hang on his every word when he tweets about the next SpaceX launch, or about the next Tesla electric car – or, it turns out, about President Donald Trump and America’s legal system.

That was the subject of a tweetstorm this morning, coming in the wake of the past few days’ developments over President Donald Trump’s immigration crackdown. A federal judge in Seattle issued a reprieve from that crackdown on Feb. 3, in the form of a temporary restraining order, and this weekend an appeals court rejected the Trump administration’s plea to reinstate the ban immediately.

The almost dizzying back-and-forth caught Musk’s attention, and not just because he happens to be an immigrant and naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in South Africa and also acquired a Canadian passport. Musk is a member of Trump’s advisory council, and in fact participated in a Feb. 3 discussion of immigration policy at the White House.

His status as a Trump adviser has generated some pushback from his fans, and today’s tweets touched on the reasons why he’s remaining on the council even though he disagrees with the president’s views on immigration. Here’s an effort to untangle the Twitter threads that the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla spun with his followers today.

Get the full tweetstream from GeekWire.

By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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