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Elon Musk trolls Bernie Sanders on Twitter, says “I keep forgetting that you’re still alive”

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Elon Musk, the tech billionaire, trolled Bernie Sanders on Twitter after the US Senator demanded that the wealthy pay their “fair share” of taxes.

“We must demand that the extremely wealthy pay their fair share,” Sanders said in a tweet.

Musk replied to the 80-year-old Vermont Senator, “I keep forgetting that you’re still alive,” and later raised the prospect of selling more Tesla stock, which would necessitate paying taxes. “Would you like me to sell more stock, Bernie?”

Musk, the owner of Tesla and SpaceX, has a personal worth of around $271 billion, making him the richest person in history, according to some.

Musk and Sanders have previously clashed, with the Senator telling the tech billionaire in March to “focus on Earth” rather than directing his vast fortune toward interplanetary travel.

Sanders, as chair of the Senate Budget Committee, has proposed an annual tax on the top 0.1% of US households, which he claims will raise $4.35 trillion over the next decade.

Democrats have proposed taxing billionaires in order to fund President Joe Biden’s social spending plans.

Musk sold roughly $6.9 billion in Tesla stock last week, in one of the largest-ever stock sales by a CEO over a multi-day period.

According to a regulatory filing, Tesla CEO Elon Musk sold 1.2 million shares worth more than $1.2 billion on November 12, according to The Wall Street Journal.

These sales were in addition to more than $5.6 billion in stock sales last week.


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Brendan Byrne

While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala.

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