Tesla CEO Elon Musk managed to get the last laugh after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) appeared on national television and made misleading claims about his taxes.
During an appearance on CNN, Warren tried to suggest that Musk avoids paying any taxes.
However, she intentionally ignored the fact that his recent tax bill of $11 billion is the largest paid by any individual in American history.
She also chose the ignore the hundreds of millions of dollars he paid in previous years, instead choosing to allege that he avoids paying tax.
“Elon Musk in 2018, we’ve actually seen his tax returns,” Warren said.
“You know how much [Elon Musk] paid in taxes, one of the richest people in the world? Zero!
“And he’s not the only one.
“Jeff Bezos, another one of the richest people in the world, he pays less in taxes than a public school teacher or a firefighter.
“We need a system in America where everyone gets the benefits of being an American, but that means everyone pays their fair share to keep this country running.”
However, it was Musk who got the last laugh by trolling Warren to his millions of followers on Twitter.
“Will visit IRS next time I’m in DC just to say hi since I paid the most taxes ever in history for an individual last year.
“Maybe I can have a cookie or something.”
Will visit IRS next time I’m in DC just to say hi, since I paid the most taxes ever in history for an individual last year. Maybe I can have a cookie or something …
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 20, 2022
In December, Musk said, “For those wondering, I will pay over $11 billion in taxes this year.”
For those wondering, I will pay over $11 billion in taxes this year
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 20, 2021
It also recently emerged that Musk donated around $5 billion to charity over the past year.
From Fox Business:
Nasdaq recently published a report that listed countries with the projected lowest gross domestic product in 2021.
“If Musk’s tweet is to be believed, his check will be larger than the GDPs in Burundi, South Sudan, Somalia and just shy of Mozambique’s projected $13.96 billion in 2021.
The Tesla CEO had previously clapped back when Warren claimed that he does not pay enough in taxes and is essentially “freeloading off everyone else.”
“Stop projecting,” Musk wrote in response, linking to a 2019 opinion piece from political consultant Bradley Blakeman, which classifies Warren as a “fraud” following her claims of Native American ancestry.
Musk had previously criticized the billionaire tax, saying, “Eventually, they run out of other people’s money and then they come for you.”
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