Dogecoin Co-Creator Calls Elon Musk a ‘Grifter’ Who Can’t Run Basic Code, Tesla CEO Hits Right Back


Australian Dogecoin co-founder Jackson Palmer hit out at DOGE fan Elon Musk in an interview, openly calling Musk a “spicier” selling a vision for the future he hopes to achieve one day. Palmer goes on to say that Musk does not understand basic coding principles while hinting at an interaction the two had years ago when Ballmer apparently shared an excerpt from a Python script he wrote and claimed to be removing bots from Twitter. Musk responded to Palmer on Twitter, “My kids wrote better code when they were 12.”

Speaking about his first interaction with the Tesla CEO in 2018, Palmer told news outlet Crikey that Musk had been complaining about Twitter bots pushing cryptocurrency scams in responses to his tweets. At the time, Ballmer offered to share a snippet of code that would help solve the problem for him. Palmer said at the time, “Elon has the script…we had a good conversation about how jack and the Twitter team can definitely automate and fix this issue on their end.”

Fast forward to today and it’s certainly a more relevant issue for Musk, who is making the Twitter purchase – and will already have the ability to make changes and try to fix such issues.

Palmer recounts in his interview that Musk reached out to get the script but claimed that the billionaire’s technical knowledge was so poor that he didn’t know how to operate it.

“Elon reached out to me to get this script and it became clear very quickly that he didn’t understand coding like he said.”

To make matters worse, Palmer recounted a year ago that he described the SpaceX founder as “more elegant” who “sells a vision in the hope that one day it can deliver what it promises, but doesn’t know it.”

Musk, clearly outraged by Palmer’s comments, responded on Twitter on Tuesday. He noted that Palmer’s code couldn’t deliver on its promise to tackle the bot issue on Twitter, adding, “My kids wrote better code when they were 12.”

“You falsely claimed that your bad snippet of Python is getting rid of bots. Ok buddy, then share it with the world…”

Palmer challenged to make the text public, which would open it up for further scrutiny. Ballmer took the opportunity to share the code he posted on GitHub four years ago.




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