Musk Goes After Sanders: ‘Bernie Is A Taker, Not A Maker’

“Want me to sell more stock, Bernie? Just say the word…”

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, is not afraid to start Twitter fights. Now, he’s calling out Senator Bernie Sanders for stating that the extremely wealthy need to pay their “fair share.”

“I keep forgetting you’re still alive,” said Musk, in response to the tweet.

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Musk later followed up the tweet by suggesting he would sell more stock if only Sanders asked him to.

Musk has recently sold about $6 billion worth of Tesla stock. The move came after a Twitter poll in which he asked his followers whether or not he should sell.

“Much is made lately of unrealized gains being a means of tax avoidance, so I propose selling 10% of my Tesla stock”, Musk tweeted. He promised he would abide by the results.

Tesla stock dropped 6% after the poll came out in favor. However, it bounced back shortly thereafter, trading down 3% since.

Musk’s latest threats to sell more shares caused the stock to drop a further 3%. Tesla currently trades near $990, vs its the all-time high of $1229.91.

Shots At Progressives

Tesla CEO made his views on Sanders and other progressives known following the Sanders callout.

He followed up by calling Sanders “a taker, not a maker,” referencing his own success as a CEO and company founder.

Later, Musk took another shot at progressives, when talking about inflation. He called it “the most regressive tax of all.”

Inflation – The Most Regressive Tax Of All

Musk also called attention to the fact that those who argue for inflation often claim to be progressive.

The tweet in question was in reply to a table referencing the purchasing power of the dollar in the last 70 years. In that time, the dollar lost 91.3% of its real value.

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