In the early hours of Thursday, Elon Musk, the world’s wealthiest man, took to Twitter and compared Canada’s democratically-elected prime minister Justin Trudeau to the late German dictator Adolf Hitler in a meme amid the anti-vaccine mandate trucker protests and its impact on cryptocurrency.

Musk’s post featured the Nazi leader alongside the caption “Stop comparing me to Justin Trudeau. I had a budget,” which seems to be the business magnate’s confusing reply to a report about the Canadian Government instructing financial firms to halt trading with crypto wallets funding vaccine protests in Ottawa, the Daily Beast reported.

The meme, aside from being both offensive and attention-seeking, was ultimately false and out-of-date. Last summer, Trudeau’s government passed a budget after admitting they had not done so for the past two years.

Earlier this week, the Canadian PM invoked the nation’s Emergencies Act, which gave his government more powers to break up the trucker protests. The announcement is the first in Canada’s history since the law was passed in 1988.

The Emergencies Act, which was set to aim at protester finances, allows banks to immediately freeze or suspend bank accounts tied to the truckers without the need for a court order and fear of civil liability, according to Coindesk.

Reports also suggest that the SpaceX CEO, 50, was angered by the move of the Ontario Provincial Police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police to interrupt trading on at least 34 crypto wallets linked to the anti-vaccine trucker-led protests in the country.

Notably, during the early days of the demonstrations, the Tesla CEO backed the trucker protests in a tweet, saying: “Canadian truckers rule!” the Independent noted.

The protests began near the end of January amid the Canadian Government’s international travel restrictions, which require all entrants to the country to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In retaliation, the truckers blocked international bridges and border crossings in several Canadian provinces.

Although Musk previously claimed he got the jab against COVID-19, he has repeatedly railed against mandates, believing these are “erosion of freedom.”

His outburst on Thursday is not the first time The Boring Company founder made Nazi references on Twitter. Earlier in the pandemic, he lashed out on governments imposing lockdowns, which he said were “fascist” and “breaking people’s freedoms in ways that are horrible and wrong and not why they came to America.”

Although Musk previously claimed he got the jab against COVID-19, he has repeatedly railed against mandates, believing these are “erosion of freedom.”  David McNew/Getty Images

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