Sen. Elizabeth Warren just made the mistake of going after Tesla CEO and eccentric billionaire Elon Musk. He promptly destroyed her in response.

The conflict began when the progressive politician and “tax the rich” crusader tweeted out a Boston Globe news article about Musk being named Time Magazine Person of the Year for 2021.

“Let’s change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else,” the senator wrote. (Warren is likely referencing illegally leaked IRS files that show Musk paid no federal income taxes in 2018 through legal tax minimization strategies and the fact that almost all of his wealth does not derive from traditional income — he pays a lot in other taxes.)

The irony of a career politician, who subsists off the taxpayer dime, decrying a wildly successful entrepreneur who has created countless jobs and innovations as a “freeloader” was simply too much for Musk to resist. With intoxicating levels of chaos energy and internet meme-lordery key parts of his persona, Musk is not one to take a slight lying down.

“If you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year,” he replied. “Don’t spend it all at once … oh wait you did already.”

“You remind me of when I was a kid and my friend’s angry Mom would just randomly yell at everybody for no reason,” Musk continued. “Please don’t call the manager on me, Senator Karen.”

As for the implication that he’s a fraud, Musk simply replied, “Stop projecting!” with a link to a Fox News article detailing Elizabeth Warren’s long history of falsely claiming to be a Native American.

Suffice it to say that Warren’s antipathy for Musk has no valid justification. He pays all the taxes he legally owes, and it's highly misleading to look exclusively at income taxes when so much of his wealth and earnings come from capital gains and other alternative streams. Regardless of how much Musk pays in taxes, he has made massive advancements in space exploration and paved an electric vehicle revolution that will do exponentially more to help the United States reduce carbon emissions than Warren’s virtue-signaling ever will.

Elizabeth Warren should never have picked a fight with Elon Musk. He absolutely destroyed Sen. Karen and reminded the world she is the real fraud and freeloader.

Brad Polumbo (@Brad_Polumbo) is a Washington Examiner contributor and co-host of the Based Politics podcast. Email him at