Elon Musk Clapped Back at Bernie Sanders by Saying He Forgot That He’s ‘Still Alive,’ and People Have Thoughts

The Tesla boss has been in and out of headlines over the past few months for a variety of stock-related reasons. Now, he's slamming Bernie Sanders.

Elon Musk wears a bandana over a blazer.

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Elon Musk wears a bandana over a blazer.

A fairly mild tweet from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was all it took over the weekend to inspire Elon Musk to deliver a troll-esque response of his own. That response, expectedly, has since spurred another revival of the broader discussion around everyday people going out of their way to passionately defend billionaires.

First, Sanders on Saturday shared a message about what he says should be expected of “the extremely wealthy.”

We must demand that the extremely wealthy pay their fair share. Period.

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 13, 2021

Musk, recent coverage of whom has focused on Tesla stock-related developments, responded the following day in a pair of tweets. “I keep forgetting that you’re still alive,” Musk said first, later bringing stocks into the conversation.

“Want me to sell more stock, Bernie? Just say the word.”

Want me to sell more stock, Bernie? Just say the word …

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 14, 2021

Back in October, Sanders—per Reuters—assessed a proposed Billionaires Income Tax as a “step in the right direction” when it comes to overhauling how the U.S. handles its expectations of the wealthy. That effort, however, was ultimately a short-lived one.

At one point amid coverage of the effort, which was launched by Senate Finance Chairman Ron Wyden, Musk responded to criticism of the proposal with tweeted agreement. “Eventually, they run out of other people’s money and then they come for you,” he said in October.

As of last Friday night, per CNBC, the Tesla CEO had sold around $6.9 billion in company stock in a week’s time. Meanwhile, the latest comments from Musk—who was recently spotted with Ye and Alex Klein—have been met with some passionate reactions. See a sampling below.

everyone who ever says they love you will have ulterior motives https://t.co/wMDcDuIWML

— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) November 15, 2021

Anyone who follows me knows that I am not a Bernie Sanders fan. However, I have mentioned in the past my respect for @elonmusk and the things he has done. However, this tweet from Elon is disgusting. Elon, you just guaranteed that I will never be a customer for a Tesla. https://t.co/sM0sjb4mrH

— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) November 14, 2021

me @ the tea i forgot i made 2 hours ago https://t.co/N2xahGIypk

— Flo (@flowindey) November 14, 2021

One of the most vile tweets in the history of this bird site. https://t.co/ZwIUOLvMVr

— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) November 14, 2021

I would imagine two rebels who have defeated all odds to get where they are and who both seem to be socially motivated, would be in a position to recognize each other to work together.

But I’m delusional; tactical poop flinging from both sides is way more entertaining. Ergo… https://t.co/de24GDpXzS

— Eric Weinstein (@EricRWeinstein) November 14, 2021

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