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Elon Musk reignited his feud with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by daring her to retweet a poll asking her Twitter followers whether they would trust billionaires over politicians.
‘Who do you trust less? Real question,’ Musk tweeted late on Thursday, showing a poll with only two options: ‘politicians’ or ‘billionaires.’
He then mentioned Ocasio-Cortez in his follow-up tweet: ‘[email protected] I dare you to run the same poll with your followers,’ later adding: ‘Many insightful comments in the mentions.’
Ocasio-Cortez has yet to respond to the Space X founder’s latest social media activity. Later on Thursday evening, Musk responded to his now-deleted tweet and threw more shade at AOC, saying: ‘Next time a politician uses ”billionaire” as an insult, please remind them that people in glass houses.’
His poll has attracted more than 2.6 million votes, with close to three quarters of followers saying they trust lawmakers less than billionaires.
Musk’s latest tweet comes two days after Ocasio-Cortez, 32, publicly announced her plans to ditch her Tesla Model 3 for an electric vehicle made by unionized workers, which the billionaire strongly opposes.
On Thursday, Space X and Tesla founder Elon Musk continued his ongoing beef with New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, daring her to run a poll on Twitter that would ask the Democrat’s followers if they would rather trust a ‘politician’ or a billionaire’
The newly-anticipated Twitter CEO shared the same poll with his followers, with a majority (76 percent) of them answering that they would less trust ‘politicians’ over ‘billionaires’
Musk publicly called out AOC on Twitter, daring her to run the same poll with her followers
He then threw some shade at the Democrat, accusing her of hypocrisy
Currently, the only such vehicles that AOC could consider are Ford’s huge F-150 Lightning truck, which will be released later this year, or a Chevy Bolt.
The progressive Democrat congresswoman from the Bronx, representing New York’s 14 congressional district, told Bloomberg that she purchased her Model 3 in 2020 around the time that Covid-19 began.
She added that she chose Tesla because it was the only electric car brand that would efficiently bring her from the Big Apple to D.C., as it would complete the trip on ‘one, or one-and-a-half charges.’
However, the timing of her comments has raised eyebrows. Just a few weeks ago, Musk jokingly told AOC on Twitter to stop flirting with him after she scolded about the billionaire’s planned purchase of the social media platform.
‘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 and skews it because Tucker Carlson or Peter Thiel took him to dinner and made him feel special,’ AOC tweeted on April 29.
Three hours later, Musk responded to the congresswoman’s tweet, sharing: ‘Stop hitting on me, I’m really shy.’
AOC got engaged to her long-term partner web developer Riley Roberts in Puerto Rico in April 2022.
She let the billionaire know that she was not amused by his comment: ‘I was talking about Zuckerberg but ok.’
The banter continued with AOC later screenshotting her tweet about Musk having an ego problem, writing in that message: ‘like I said, ego problems.’
When asked why she later deleted the original tweet calling out the billionaire, AOC wrote: ‘I try to avoid giving people with massive ego complexes like this the attention and QTs/replies they crave and are seeking [when I can help it].’
In May, AOC and Musk went back and forth on Twitter after the congresswoman expressed her dislike at the South Africa-born billionaire’s acquisition of Twitter for $44 billion
Musk, whose recent purchase of Twitter is currently on hold, has recently revealed that his wealth fall below $200 billion
AOC has said that she wants to give up her Tesla Model 3 and switch to an American-built electronic car that’s made by unionized workers
Once on her Instagram story, AOC posted a screenshot of the ‘ego problem’ tweet with the caption: ‘If he’s looking for something to do he can pay taxes.’
Musk said in December 2021 that he would pay over $11 billion in taxes to the US government.
In May 2021, AOC’s Tesla Model 3 was spotted parked illegally outside a Whole Food in the nation’s capital.
The $35,000 Tesla with New York plates and a Congressional parking pass was pictured in a no-parking zone near AOC’s luxury DC apartment on May 14, 2021, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Sources told the Free Beacon that AOC had been seen driving a white Tesla in the neighborhood on multiple occasions.
When asked on Wednesday about Tesla CEO Musk’s recent declaration that he will vote Republican from now on having previously voted Democrat, AOC said: ‘He’s a billionaire. I could care less what he thinks.’
Musk’s multi-billion dollar acquisition of Twitter is on hold while the South African-native investigate the company’s user reports.
In May 2021, AOC’s Tesla was caught being illegally parked in front of a stop sign and in a no parking zone in D.C.
The New Yorker was running errands at Whole Foods when the parking violation occured
AOC said that she purchased the Tesla Model 3 in order to drive from New York City to Washington DC at the beginning of the Covid pandemic
AOC said the purchased the $35,000 car was because it was the only electric vehicle that could make the drive on less than two charges
This is the fake tweet about electric cars that AOC was accused of sending in 2019
According to Bloomberg, other Democrats who own Tesla cars include Adam Schiff of California, David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Lisa Blunt of Rochester and Tom Malinowski of New Jersey.
Another owner is Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Tom Carper.
On the other side of the aisle, Republican Congressman Thomas Massie of Kentucky owns a Tesla which he has modified with a ‘Friends of Coal’ license plate.
He told Bloomberg: ‘This is not a car company, it’s a battery company. The car is just their first killer app.’
In 2019, prior to her purchase of a Tesla, a tweet from fake tweet from AOC spread while Hurricane Dorian was rampaging across Florida.
The fake message read: ‘I see people are rushing out to fill up their cars for this hurricane at the gas station. This wouldn’t be an issue if they had electric cars. If the power is out for a week how are they going to get gas? We need to start planning ahead and moving forward.’
According to Snopes: ‘The tweet was just a fabricated barb aimed at making Ocasio-Cortez look foolish.’