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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 Friday, 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 discussion of immigration policy at the White House on Friday.

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:

Musk and his followers gave shout-outs to a number of other countries and their legal systems. Britain? “OK, but what’s up with the wigs? … Actually I think it’s kinda cool.” Switzerland? “There are many good legal systems on par with US. Just don’t know of any that are better.” Norway? “Norway is great on all levels. Love Norway!” New Zealand? “Great country! Looking forward to taking my kids for a visit. I’ve heard it is incredibly beautiful.”

Musk slipped in quick answers to questions about the public education system (“Needs a major overhaul”) and the reason why the U.S. has the highest prison population rate in the world (“Mostly anti-drug laws”). And he repeated his view that it’s better to work with Trump than to work against him:

Musk joked about how a seemingly random tweet turned into a tweetstorm:

But he got a vote of support from Steve Case, the co-founder of AOL, who is now chairman and CEO of the investment firm Revolution as well as chairman of the Case Foundation. In a tweet, Case said he agreed with the view that activists should be pushing for more moderates to advise Trump, and linked to a blog posting in which he praised Ronald Reagan’s immigration reforms.

In addition to politics, Musk dropped some hints about Tesla upgrades and SpaceX’s launches from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A:

To check out all the nuggets of information, make a careful scan of Musk’s Twitter feed. More than two and a half hours after his first tweet of the day, he finally stepped away from the keyboard:

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