Elon Musk wipes floor with Elizabeth Warren over ‘freeloader’ jab, calls her ‘Senator Karen’

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk got into an online tiff with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and took no prisoners in calling the left-wing Democrat “Senator Karen.”

Musk, the richest man in the world, was just named Time’s 2021 “Person of the Year,” in part because of his ability to influence others, and it’s almost as if the publication foresaw the coming altercation with Warren, noting in its profile: “Musk has spent a lifetime defying the haters; now, it seems, he’s finally in position to put them in their place. For 2021 was the year of Elon Unbound.”

Warren, who is seen by many as a critic and a closeted socialist, responded to the news by taking a cheap shot at the SpaceX founder, claiming that Musk does not pay taxes and is “freeloading off everyone else.”

“Let’s change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else,” the U.S. senator tweeted.

“Stop projecting,” Musk tweeted in response, linking to a 2019 opinion piece from political consultant Bradley Blakeman published by Fox News, in which he labels Warren a “fraud” over her claims of Native American ancestry.

But that was just a set up, with Musk destroying the politician with his follow up.

“You remind me of when I was a kid and my friend’s angry Mom would just randomly yell at everyone for no reason,” he added. “Please don’t call the manager on me, Senator Karen.”

If that didn’t do the trick, Musk came back around after a few hours of fallout over the “Senator Karen” jab to finish Warren off.

“And if you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year,” he tweeted, adding in a follow up, “Don’t spend it all at once … oh wait you did already.”

The quip is a likely reference to the recently passed $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, coupled with the Democrats’ Build Back Better plan, a massive spending bill that is little more than a social welfare package that also pushes climate change. President Biden can’t muster the political wherewithal to get the measure passed, but Democrats on Capitol Hill keep hammering away in spite of record inflation and a mountainous $29 trillion national debt.

Given Musk’s equally destructive reply to self-avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., about paying taxes, one might think that Warren would tread more carefully.

“I keep forgetting that you’re still alive,” Musk tweeted last month, in response to Sanders tweeting Congress “must demand that the extremely wealthy pay their fair share. Period.”

Predictably, Warren showed just how uninformed she is considering that her cheap shot came one day after Musk sold $906 million in Tesla stock as part of a recent pledge to sell 10 percent of his holdings in the company, CNBC reported. A sale that includes a hefty tax bill.

“The main reason Musk is selling is to pay the taxes on the exercise of options that expire next summer. As part of a 2012 compensation package, the Tesla CEO was given options on 22.8 million shares that expire next August. The options were valued at more than $28 billion when Musk started selling shares, which means his tax bill would have been as high as $15 billion, CNBC’s Robert Frank reported.

“The stock has since fallen more than 20%, along with his tax bill,” Frank continued. “According to InsiderScore/Verity, Musk has sold 6.5 million shares to cover the taxes on about 15 million options. To exercise all his options — which is likely, since letting them expire leaves billions on the table — Musk will likely exercise another 7.8 million options and sell a corresponding $4 billion or more to pay the taxes.”

Tom Tillison


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