Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has been awarded “2021 Person of the Year” by Time Magazine, hit back at Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) after the Democratic lawmaker called for fixing the tax code to make the billionaire pay more taxes.
Warren started the tax spat early this week when she attached to her tweet an article about Musk being named “person of the year” to urge for tax code revision.
“Let’s change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else,” Warren tweeted on Monday, Dec. 13.
Her tweet drew a fightback from Musk, who said he is paying more tax than anyone in the U.S.
“Stop projecting!” Musk wrote in a tweet on Dec. 15, attaching an opinion article from Fox News which argues that the Massachusetts senator lied about having Native American heritage to benefit from preferential programs.
“You remind me of when I was a kid and my friend’s angry Mom would just randomly yell at everyone for no reason,” the billionaire continued.
“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 added.
The Tesla CEO even called Warren “Senator Karen” in another tweet.
The argument came as Democrat lawmakers, including Warren, are considering wealth taxes and other measures that could potentially put billionaires such as Musk, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg on the hook for billions of dollars by taxing their unrealized gains, according to New York Post.
Before Warren, Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden in November also reiterated his support for a wealth tax for billionaires.
The world’s wealthiest man also pushed back at Sen. Bernie Sanders in November after the Vermont lawmaker expressed support for raising taxes on billionaires.
“I keep forgetting that you’re still alive,” Musk wrote. “Want me to sell more stock, Bernie? Just say the word.”
Early this week, Time Magazine picked Musk, 50, as its “2021 Person of the Year.”
“Person of the Year is a marker of influence, and few individuals have had more influence than Musk on life on Earth, and potentially life off Earth too,” the magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said in a statement.