Tesla CEO Elon Musk took aim at Sen. Bernie Sanders this weekend after lawmakers demanded that the rich pay their “fair share.”
Sanders, an advocate for wealth redistribution, tweeted on Saturday afternoon that “we must demand that the extremely rich pay their fair share. Period. “
Early Sunday, Musk hit back at the Vermont Independent.
“I always forget you’re still alive,” he wrote in a tweet.
Musk followed up with another message for Sanders.
“Do you want me to sell more stocks, Bernie?” ” He asked. “Just say the word …”
Musk falls under Sanders’ description that “extremely wealthy people” are the richest person in the world with a net worth of $ 285 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Musk’s trust sold about $ 1.2 billion of Tesla shares on Friday, according to financial documents released Friday night and sold about $ 6.9 billion of company shares during the week, reported CNBC. Musk still owns more than 166 million shares of the company.
The sales came after Musk polled his more than 60 million Twitter followers on November 6 to ask if he should sell 10% of his shares. About 58% answered “yes”. He told his followers the vote would determine the future of his holdings in Tesla, but financial documents filed last week show some were for sale, regardless of the poll’s outcome, according to CNBC.
Capitol Hill lawmakers seek to raise taxes for the nation’s wealthiest.
Last month, Democrats in the U.S. Senate unveiled a proposal to tax billionaire stocks and other marketable assets to help pay for President Joe Biden’s broad domestic policy agenda.
Sanders, along with Senator Elizabeth Warren, has been one of the loudest voices demanding higher taxes for the rich. In March, the two proposed a total annual wealth tax of 3% exceeding $ 1 billion and an annual wealth tax of 2% on household and trust net worth ranging from $ 50 million to $ 1 billion. .