Tesla chief Elon Musk targeted Senator Bernie Sanders this weekend after the legislature demanded that the wealthy pay their “fair share.”
Sanders, a spokesman for the redistribution of wealth, tweeted on Saturday afternoon that “we must demand that the extremely wealthy pay their fair share. Period.”
Early Sunday, Musk shot back against the Vermont Independent.
“I still forget you’re still alive,” he wrote in a tweet.
Musk followed it up with another message to Sanders.
“Do you want me to sell more shares, Bernie?”[ads1]; he asked. “Just say the word …”
Musk falls under Sanders’ description of “the extremely rich” as the world’s richest person with a net worth of $ 285 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Musk’s trust sold about $ 1.2 billion in Tesla shares on Friday, according to financial records posted Friday night, and sold $ 6.9 billion worth of shares in the company during the week, CNBC reported. Musk still has more than 166 million shares in the company.
The sale came after Musk asked his more than 60 million Twitter followers on November 6 and asked if he should sell 10 percent of his shares. About 58 percent answered “yes”. He told followers that the vote would determine the future of his Tesla inventory, but financial documents filed last week show that some were planned for sale regardless of the outcome of the vote, according to CNBC.
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are trying to raise taxes for the country’s most affluent.
Last month, US Senate Democrats unveiled a proposal to tax shares and other tradable assets of billionaires to pay for President Joe Biden’s comprehensive domestic policy package.
Sanders, along with Senator Elizabeth Warren, has been one of the highest-ranking voters demanding higher taxes on the rich. In March, both proposed a total annual tax of 3 percent on wealth in excess of $ 1 billion, and an annual wealth tax of 2 percent on the net wealth of households and trusts from $ 50 million to $ 1 billion.