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Elon Musk Boldly Challenges Ocasio-Cortez: ‘I Dare You’

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Billionaire Elon Musk has issued a bold challenge to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that the New York Democrat isn’t likely to accept anytime soon.

The SpaceX and Tesla founder and CEO took to the social media platform he hopes to buy soon to call out the self-avowed “democratic socialist” over the way she and other far-left Democrats speak about billionaires, suggesting they are generally bad people.

“Use of the word ‘billionaire’ as a pejorative is morally wrong & dumb,” he said in one of his first tweets on Thursday.

“If the reason for it is building products that make millions of people happy,” he said.

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He then posted a poll for his Twitter followers in which he asked them, “Who do you trust less? Real question” followed by a two-choice poll pitting political leaders against billionaires.

He then challenged Ocasio-Cortez, “I dare you to run the same poll with your followers.”

As of this writing, nearly 3 million votes had been cast, with more than 75 percent saying they trusted politicians less.

This was just the latest exchange regarding Musk and Ocasio-Cortez. She told Bloomberg this week that she would trade in her Tesla to get another electric car from a company that allows its workers to be part of a union.

“He’s a billionaire. I could care less what he thinks,” she said regarding his recent announcement that he will be voting for Republicans for the first time in his adult life.

“At the time, it was the only EV that could get me from New York to Washington on like one, or one-and-a-half charges,” the representative said. “I would love to switch.”

For her part, the Democratic socialist has waged political war against billionaires for years.

In 2020, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, she pushed then-Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo to pursue the passage of a “billionaires tax” to help state residents who were negatively impacted by COVID lockdown policies implemented by Cuomo and other state Democratic leaders.

But, as reported by The New York Times, Cuomo pushed back on the demand:

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Mr. Cuomo has argued that taxes that target high earners could drive them out of the state and further damage the tax base — a concern that the governor’s budget director, Robert Mujica, underscored in an interview on Wednesday.

New York already has one of the highest tax rates for the wealthy in the country, Mr. Mujica said, adding that the top 2 percent of taxpayers already pay half of the state’s tax liability. The only effective way to get billionaires to pay more, he said, would be if Congress enacted a wealth tax on high earners.

“It’s interesting when you have people elected to Congress pushing for state action when they can’t get action in Congress,” Mr. Mujica said. “It’s absolutely necessary for the federal government to step up and provide the support we need.”

As for Musk personally, though “AOC” and other congressional progressives have accused him of paying too little in federal income taxes, he reportedly paid nearly $11 billion in 2021.

Musk tweeted: “For those wondering, I will pay over $11 billion in taxes this year.”

Forbes reported: “As of December 13, the billionaire sold nearly $13 billion worth of Tesla stock this year as the electric vehicle maker’s market cap surged above $1 trillion.”

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