Musk mocks Senator Bernie Sanders after criticism of his wealth
Elon Muskrichest person in the world He directed a series of insults at Bernie Sanders On Twitter, the US senator reiterated his call for billionaires to pay more taxes.
Musk sparked an idea Sell More Tesla shares, forcing you to pay capital gains taxes.
Sanders, 80, who unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016 and 2020, chirp on Saturday that”We should demand that the very wealthy pay their fair share.”. Musk was not mentioned by name.
Musk whose fortune is $286 billion Making it a target for wealth tax proponents, he replied: “I constantly forget that you are still alive.”
In a subsequent tweet early Sunday, the Tesla and SpaceX CEO asked: “You want me to sell more stock, Bernie? just say the word.
Musk was still tweeting 11 hours later saying that Sanders is a taker, not an innovator.
Musk ditched nearly $7 billion in Tesla shares last week, helping the automaker’s shares slide 15 percent. The stock fell 2.6 percent at 9:36 am on Monday in New York.
The stock sale began after Musk polled Twitter users about the sale. But some of the transactions were carried out under a negotiation plan he laid out in advance in September, long before he consulted his important followers on social networks.
Musk also failed to indicate in his tweets that he has millions of stock options that must be exercised before they expire in August 2022. He said in September that he would likely exercise a “large mass” of those options at the end of this period. . general.
Late last year, Musk confirmed that he had moved from California to Texas, a state that does not collect income taxes.
On Saturday, Musk tweeted that he’s been living in a tiny home in South Texas for the past two years. “It feels more like living at home in a small house,” he wrote.
Sanders, who is independent of Vermont and part of the Democrats, chairs the Senate Budget Committee and has long called on the rich to pay more taxes. In March, he tweeted that The amount of wealth amassed by Jeff Bezos, co-founder of Musk and Amazon, was “immoral”.
Musk also recently criticized US Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat and chair of the Senate Finance Committee, who has pushed for a wealth tax on billionaires.