A economist US David Rothschild fussing with Elon Musk via tweet at Twitter.
The beginning of the commotion occurred when Musk posted on Twitter about the transition of his political stance from initially a supporter of the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. Initially, he said he made the change in attitude because the party from US President Joe Biden is now a divisive and hateful party.
“In the past I voted for Democrats, because they were (mostly) a good party. But they have become a party of division and hatred, so I can no longer support them and will vote for Republicans. Now watch their dirty trick campaign against me unfold, ” Musk wrote on his personal Twitter account, quoted on Sunday (22/5).
Later, Rothschild replied to Musk’s tweet. He criticized the billionaire because of his background as the son of a family that has owned emerald mines in South Africa since the days of the injustice of the black race, known as apartheid.
“The rich white son of an emerald mine owner who grew up in apartheid South Africa is a real victim in our society #ThoughtsAndPrayers,” he wrote.
Instead of getting support, the Rothschilds were even attacked by netizens because their last name was identical to the Rothschild Jewish family. The family is famous for its wealth which reaches US $ 350 billion or equivalent to Rp. 5.132 trillion (assuming an exchange rate of Rp. 14,664 per US dollar).
However, Rothschild claimed to have no relationship with the rich family. Because his full name is David Michael Rothschild and he comes from New York.
So, who exactly is David Rothschild?
David Michael Rothschild is an economist from New York, United States. He holds a Doctorate (Ph.D) in Practical Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Rothschild has also been a visiting academic through a fellowship program at Columbia University.
His research focus areas include mapping and updating public opinion, news markets, advertising effects, finance, and public policy.
He is currently an economist at Microsoft Research after previously serving as an economist at Yahoo! Research.
His writings are widely distributed in academia and leading media. The results of his research are mostly about data and methods: polls, market predictions, social media and online data, and large behavioral and administrative data.