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Elon Musk has ignited a new war of words with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after calling the firebrand congresswoman ‘not that smart’ on X.
The Tesla mogul, 52, and AOC, 33, have a longstanding history of bickering back and forth online – and the latest instalment was triggered after Musk made a comment on her views on immigration.
Responding to a video of AOC discussing migrants in New York City, billionaire Elon Musk said: ‘She’s just not that smart.’
The congresswoman clapped back: ‘I wasn’t born rich and became the youngest woman in American history to be elected to Congress.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told Elon Musk to: ‘Stay mad’ during their latest spat on X, formally Twitter
‘Then I investigated Cohen, authored the largest FEMA funeral assistance program in history and led creation of a US Climate Corps to create tens of thousands of new jobs.’
The native New Yorker told Musk to: ‘Stay mad.’
Musk sarcastically replied: ‘I take it back – you’re obviously a genius.’
He added: ‘First, please allow me to congratulate you on these epic achievements.
‘However, have you considered, rather than ”funeral assistance”, that FEMA focus its funding on preventing funerals in the first place?’
This is not the first time that the two have had public spats – which often have flirty undertones.
AOC, previously lashing out at Musk online, wrote: ‘Tired of having to collectively stress about what explosion of hate crimes is happening bc some billionaire with an ego problem unilaterally controls a massive communication platform.’
‘Stop hitting on me, I’m really shy,’ Musk replied, adding a blushing emoji.
‘I was talking about Zuckerberg, but ok,’ she replied, before deleting the tweet a minute later.
In May this year, the woke New York Congresswoman tweeted that she may abandon her 13.4million followers after Elon Musk promoted a ‘sick’ account impersonating her.
She said she was ‘assessing’ what to do after the billionaire replied to a tweet from the parody account, ‘Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Press Release (parody).’
‘FYI there’s a fake account on here impersonating me and going viral,’ AOC tweeted. ‘The Twitter CEO has engaged it, boosting visibility.’
She claimed the account was ‘releasing false policy statements,’ after previously tweeting about her boyfriend’s farts and her ideas to tackle climate change.
‘I am assessing with my team how to move forward,’ Ocasio-Cortez said.
‘In the meantime, be careful of what you see,’ she warned her followers.
Her message came after Musk replied to a tweet from the parody account, which wrote: ‘This might be the wine talking but I’ve got a crush on @ElonMusk.’
The mogul replied with a fire emoji.
The Tesla mogul, 52, and congresswoman AOC, 33, have a longstanding history of bickering back and forth online – and the latest instalment was triggered after Musk made a comment on her views on immigration
She also previously claimed Musk had meddled with her account when she could not see notifications from verified accounts.
The congresswoman suggested the issue started following a public argument.
‘Yo @ElonMusk while I have your attention, why should people pay $8 just for their app to get bricked when they say something you don’t like?’ she tweeted earlier this year.
Musk replied to the tweet joking, ‘What can I say? It was a naked abuse of power.’
And in December, AOC condemned Musk after he suspended the accounts of half a dozen journalists who reported on him and his takeover of Twitter.
‘I get feeling unsafe, but descending into [an] abuse of power and erratically banning journalists only increases the intensity around you,’ she wrote.
‘As someone who has been subject to real and dangerous plots, I do get it. I didn’t have security and have experienced many scary incidents. In fact, many of the right-wing outlets you now elevate published photos of my home, car, etc.
Families have been given priority for housing in the city’s hotels, leaving tens of thousands to fight for space in shelters or wait on the streets for a solution
Thousands of asylum seekers have been bussed to major cities from border states including Texas as unprecedented numbers continue to enter the United States
‘At a certain point, you gotta disconnect. Maybe try putting down your phone,’ she suggested.
‘You first, lol,’ Musk replied at the time.
New York City is struggling with about 60,000 asylums seekers under its care after Title 42, a pandemic-era border policy that gave officials advanced powers to detain people, ended in May.
As well as the unprecedented numbers of asylum seekers flooding over the border, the reason New York has been hit so dramatically is also down to bus-loads of migrants being sent by frustrated southern states.
Mayor Eric Adams said the city’s contract with the more than 100 hotels-turned-shelters, which was supposed to end this year, will now end in August 2026 and cost a total $1.365 billion – almost five times the original price tag of $237 million.
‘This issue will destroy New York City. Destroy New York City,’ he warned earlier this month.
Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Monday that an additional 150 soldiers will join more than 2,000 servicemen already helping with the migrant surge across New York state which has seen more than 116,000 people arrive just this year.