‘Want me to sell more stock, Bernie?’ Just say the word — Elon Musk snipes at Sanders on Twitter
The world’s wealthiest person directed a series of insults at the U.S. senator over his call for billionaires to pay more in taxes
Elon Musk, the world’s wealthiest person, directed a series of insults at Bernie Sanders on Twitter after the U.S. senator repeated his call for billionaires to pay more in taxes.
In a subsequent tweet early Sunday, the chief executive officer of Tesla and SpaceX asked: “Want me to sell more stock, Bernie? Just say the word…”
Musk was still firing off tweets 11 hours later, saying Sanders “is a taker, not a maker.”
Musk offloaded almost US$7 billion worth of Tesla stock last week, helping push the automaker’s shares down 15 per cent. The stock fell as much as 2.9 per cent before the start of regular trading on Monday.
The share disposals began after Musk polled Twitter users on whether he should sell. But some of the transactions were carried out under a trading plan he pre-arranged in September, well before he consulted his substantial social media following.