Tesla founder Elon Musk tore into Sen. Elizabeth Warren after she suggested he was “freeloading” and not paying his fair share of taxes.
Musk, the world’s wealthiest individual, was named Time magazine’s "Person of the Year" this week. Warren, who has long been a proponent of the rich paying more taxes, tweeted out a story about the matter and used it to advocate for higher taxes.
“Let’s change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else,” the Massachusetts Democrat said.
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Musk, who is worth more than $250 billion and is known for his Twitter antics, responded by posting a news article about her falsely claiming to be Native American. Warren had asserted Native American heritage in the past, but a DNA test revealed that she only had a minuscule amount of that ancestry.
“You remind me of when I was a kid and my friend’s angry Mom would just randomly yell at everyone for no reason,” Musk continued in separate tweets. “Please don’t call the manager on me, Senator Karen.”
Please don’t call the manager on me, Senator Karen 🙏— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 14, 2021
This is not the first time that Musk has publicly responded to his Democratic critics. He made a crude reference to Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon’s appearance and mocked socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders over Twitter last month. Sanders, who represents Vermont, had posted a tweet calling for the “extremely wealthy” to pay more taxes.
“I keep forgetting that you’re still alive,” Musk responded to the octogenarian. “Want me to sell more stock, Bernie? Just say the word.”
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In Time’s writeup of why Musk was chosen as Person of the Year, it said he “has spent a lifetime defying the haters; now, it seems, he's finally in position to put them in their place. For 2021 was the year of Elon Unbound.”