Animosity Between AOC And Musk Heats Up Over Billionaire’s Twitter Takeover

Elon Musk once again took to Twitter early on Friday morning to attack Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) as the tense relationship between the richest man in the world and the liberal politician simmers following Musk purchased the social media company.

Ocasio-Cortez Here, she is during the 2021 Met Gala in a “Tax the Rich” dress.

Important Facts

Musk fired back at Ocasio-Cortez during a string of tweets on Friday, reacting to an online meme that suggested that the lawmaker had unintentionally led Musk to become the sole owner of Twitter and in response to a clip of Ocasio-Cortez claiming Musk of blocking her Twitter account “What do I have to say? It was a clear misuse of the power.”

Musk, who was officially appointed to take control of Twitter last Thursday, has pledged to eliminate the site of its “left predisposition to the right,” and Ocasio-Cortez, have been at odds for a long time; however, their hate has exploded over the last few days with an array of online exchanges.

“Lmao at the billionaire seriously trying to convince people of the notion that “free speech is an annual subscription of $8 per month,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Tuesday, garnering over 700,000 followers about Musk’s plan to charge users to obtain a verification badge.

Musk responded, “Your feedback is valued, so now pay $8,” receiving one million followers, and posted a photo of a sweatshirt that cost $58 available on the politician’s website Wednesday, with the price in a circle.

Ocasio Cortez responded by saying she supports her staff. She called Musk the “union person with an arrogance issue who gets the money from sub-paying people and mistreating them.”

What to Watch For

Ocasio Cortez’s rant about how Musk behaves towards employees is coming at a relevant moment, amid a time when Twitter employees are preparing for massive firings at the company on Friday. Twitter employees submitted an action in a class-action suit against the company late on Thursday. They claimed the company violated federal and state laws by failing to provide enough notice before layoffs.

key Background

A socialist who is democratic, Ocasio-Cortez has railed against the accumulation of substantial personal riches, saying in 2020 that “No person ever earns one billion dollars, but you can take the equivalent of a million dollars.” According to our estimates, Musk is worth $200.7 billion, four times higher than the next highest-earning person. Musk is an independent political figure but has become more connected to left-wing parties, declaring in August that he supports “the left-hand side of the Republican Party and the right portion of the Democratic Party!”

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Adam writes about technology, business and economics. With master's degree in Economics, he's presented six papers in international conferences. As a solivagant in the constant state of fernweh, curiosity is the main weapon in his arsenal.

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