Tesla CEO Elon Musk calls Elizabeth Warren ‘Senator Karen’ over tax comments

Outspoken inventor, billionaire, and corporate mogul Elon Musk was in the spotlight again this week after Time magazine named him “Person of the Year.”

Not all of that attention was positive, however, as far-left Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) used the occasion as an opportunity to call for higher taxes. However, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX showed that he was willing to hit back hard, calling her “Senator Karen” in a tweet. 

According to the New York Post, the spat began on Monday when Warren tweeted out an article about Musk along with a statement that read, “Let’s change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else.”

Musk strikes back

“Stop projecting!” Musk quickly shot back. He linked to an opinion piece published by Fox News that accused Warren of having faked her status as a Native American in order to capitalize on affirmative action policies to advance her education and career.

Musk didn’t stop there, however, as went on to call Warren a “Karen” and said she reminded him of how “my friend’s angry Mom would just randomly yell at everyone for no reason.”

He then dropped a bomb on the Massachusetts congresswoman, writing, “And if you opened your eyes for 2 seconds, you would realize I will pay more taxes than any American in history this year.”

Musk vs. Sanders

The Post noted that Warren is not the only progressive lawmaker Musk has pushed back on, as in the past he has also lashed out at Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I).

“We must demand that the extremely wealthy pay their fair share. Period,” Sanders declared in a tweet last month as part of his campaign to raise taxes.

The tweet prompted Musk to respond: “I keep forgetting that you’re still alive.” He added, “Want me to sell more stock, Bernie? Just say the word …”

Fighting Dems

In October, the billionaire inventor criticized a Democratic proposal to tax unrealized capital gains among wealthy individuals, warning his Twitter followers, “Eventually, they run out of other people’s money and then they come for you.”

Musk made headlines earlier this year after announcing that he would move Tesla’s headquarters from California to Texas in order to seek a more favorable business climate, and less onerous COVID-19 rules.

“We’ve taken it as far as possible but…there’s a limit to how big you can scale it in the Bay Area,” Fox Business quoted him as saying at the time.

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