He didn’t hold back!
After Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) argued that Elon Musk was freeloading off others by benefiting from a “rigged tax code,” the billionaire blasted the Senator.
Following Musk’s recent designation as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, Warren went on Twitter to suggest that “tax code” change to ensure people like Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, would “stop freeloading off everyone else.”
Musk, who heads Tesla, SpaceX, and a variety of smaller technology firms, however, boasted a combined workforce of more than 80,000 for both of his most significant ventures and reportedly has to pay a nearly $15 billion tax bill.
In his response to the progressive lawmaker, Musk said on Twitter, “Stop projecting!” linking a Fox News opinion piece that alleged Elizabeth Warren was a fraud and lied about being Native American.
In the piece, the writer says that due to Warren’s “long history of lying about her racial background,” she was unfit to occupy the White House or sit in the senate. The writer later suggests that Warren end her presidential candidacy and resign her senate seat.
The piece continued by insinuating that the only reason someone would claim they are part of a racial or ethnic group that they weren’t would be to “benefit from affirmative action and other preferential programs” designated for these underrepresented groups that were victims of past discrimination.
Following the tweet of the Fox News piece, Musk tweeted that Warren reminded him of when he was a kid and a “friend’s angry mom would just randomly yell at everyone for no reason.” He went on to ask the Senator not to call the manager on him, referring to her as “Senator Karen.”
Warren’s criticism of Musk follows the latter’s harsh criticism of the Biden administration’s “Build Back Better Act.” The $1.75 trillion legislation, which had already been approved by the House of Representatives, included plans to expand social programs.
However, during The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit, Musk said his recommendation was to “can this bill. Don’t pass it,” adding that he believed it would be better if the bill didn’t pass.
To substantiate his remarks, Musk shared an analysis from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School that explained the national debt would increase by over 24% if provisions on the bill became permanent. He also noted that the $1,75 trillion price tag was deceptively low because some programs expired.