Bernie Sanders and Elon Musk Start Twitter War Over Billionaire Tax

The feud is over the Make Billionaires Pay Act.
Loukia Papadopoulos
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It's not every day that two famous and well-respected people battle it out on Twitter so when it happens you definitely pay attention.


The fighting began Friday night when Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk replied on Twitter to an article about a bill proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders that would create a one time tax for billionaires to cover the medical costs for millions of Americans for one year.

The proposed bill would cost Musk an estimated $27.5 billion. This clearly did not make Musk happy as he posted an often used meme about the Vermont senator.

The meme challenges people to chug someone else's beer every time Sanders mentions a free program. Sanders, of course, replied by tweeting a 2015 Los Angeles Times article that stated that Musk had received $4.9 billion in government subsidies for SpaceX, Tesla and Solar City.

Well, he wrote: 

Musk was quick to respond with two more tweets calling Sanders' statements "bs" and stating that Tesla was doing more than any other firm to support green energy. He even went so far as to call Sanders a "puppet" for big oil:

The feud ended there as Sanders did not reply after that but it did result in quite some news coverage. The Make Billionaires Pay Act would tax the 467 richest Americans for a period from March 18 through to January 1, 2021.

Plenty of Americans are living through the COVID-19 pandemic without any health insurance causing them to incur significant medical bills. A little help would be more than well-received.

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