Matt Walsh Blasts Leftist ‘Peanut Gallery’ For Mocking Elon Musk After Rocket Exploded: ‘Innovation Is A Series Of Failures’
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Daily Wire host Matt Walsh blasted critics of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk after the rocket company’s landmark test of Starship ended in an explosion.

Starship, the largest rocket constructed in the history of mankind, successfully climbed 24 miles from a SpaceX launch facility in Texas during a test flight last week. A livestream from the event showed that the rocket exploded amid the stage separation, after which the booster should have turned around and landed on the surface of the Earth. SpaceX confirmed that the successful launch was followed by a “rapid unscheduled disassembly,” an optimistic term for an explosion, but noted that insights from the test would assist the firm with future launches.

Walsh, whose podcast “The Matt Walsh Show” is now available on Twitter, observed that the rocket launch was “met with jeers and mockery from the peanut gallery.” He added that leftist news outlets and the “snickering idiots” on social media claimed “the explosion was some sort of cosmic retribution for Musk’s ideological crimes” rather than recognizing that trial and error are fundamental components of true innovation.

“You have to walk before you can run; you have to get your rocket twice the size of a Boeing 777 into the stratosphere before you can get into outer space,” Walsh commented. “This is what science and discovery are supposed to look like. This is how they work: innovation is a series of failures. As long as you learn from them, the process is working exactly as it should.”

Musk confirmed that employees “learned a lot” for the next test launch. SpaceX engineers will “continue to review data” ahead of the next flight, the company said last week as executives congratulated team members “on an exciting first integrated flight test” of the Starship rocket.

“You can’t achieve anything worthwhile without taking risks, and if you take risks, you’re guaranteed to fail at least some of the time. Anybody who takes risks and never fails isn’t really taking risks at all. This is what separates risk-takers from everybody else: the risk-taker has the courage to fail,” Walsh continued. “Many people in our culture don’t understand this point because we live in a world where so much of the innovation and discovery has already happened. The trials and errors, those were all suffered before we were born. This is the story of modern society: we inherited a world of luxury, where everything comes easy and quickly handed to us on a silver platter, and we assume that it always must have been this way.”


Musk, in addition to leading SpaceX, serves as chief executive of Tesla and recently acquired Twitter. He said in a recent interview that he works between 80 and 120 hours each week.

Walsh repeatedly cited President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous remarks in his “Man in the Arena” speech, an address that the commander-in-chief delivered in France one year after he left the White House, and noted that the words of the Bull Moose hang on the wall in his office. “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better,” Roosevelt said. “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds.”

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