Elon Musk spars with Bernie Sanders, offers to sell more Tesla stock

Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory groundbreaking ceremony in Shanghai, China January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Music/File Photo

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Nov 14 (Reuters) – Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Govt Elon Musk got into a spat with Bernie Sanders on Sunday after the U.S. senator demanded the prosperous pay their “excellent-trying fraction” of taxes.

“We must request that the extraordinarily prosperous pay their excellent-trying fraction. Duration,” Sanders wrote on Twitter. Taking a jibe on the 80-year-old-long-established senator, Musk spoke back by asserting “I maintain forgetting that you just is inclined to be aloof alive.”

The billionaire CEO who had already offloaded a blended $6.9 billion rate of shares in the electric vehicle firm as of Nov. 12, additional wrote, “Need me to sell more stock, Bernie? Ultimate notify the word.”

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Sanders’ tweet comes amid the backdrop of Washington’s efforts to hike taxes for the massive-prosperous.

U.S. Senate Democrats have unveiled a proposal to tax billionaires’ stocks and other tradeable resources to abet finance President Joe Biden’s social spending agenda and shut a loophole that has allowed them to defer capital gains taxes indefinitely.

A week ago, Musk tweeted that he would sell 10% of his shares if customers of the social media platform counseled the switch. About 57.9% of folk voted for the stock sale.

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Reporting by Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Bettering by Lisa Shumaker

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