‘Celebrate Having Kids’: Elon Musk Bemoans Declining Birth Rate

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Sarah Wilder Social Issues Reporter
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Elon Musk took to Twitter to decry the falling birthrate in the United States on Tuesday.

“USA birth rate has been below min sustainable levels for ~50 years,” Musk wrote on Twitter, adding a screenshot of a Wall Street Journal graph illustrating the trend.

Later on Tuesday, Musk responded to a video tweeted out of him discussing the issue, commenting, “Population collapse is the biggest threat to civilization.”

Robby Starbuck, a candidate running for Congress in Tennessee, responded to Musk saying, “America needs a culture shift that celebrates the nuclear family & having kids.” Musk responded to Starbuck’s tweet saying, “We just need to celebrate having kids.” (RELATED: Musk Straight Up Calls Russia Conspiracy ‘Elaborate Hoax’ Staged By Clinton)

“Contrary to what many think, the richer someone is, the fewer kids they have,” Musk continued, adding, “I am a rare exception. Most people I know have zero or one kid.”

The U.S. saw a slight increase in birthrate for the first time since 2014 over the course of the year 2021.