Ocasio-Cortez, 32, was responding to Musk’s intention to acquire the social media giant on Friday.
‘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,’ she tweeted.
Musk, 50, decided to tweet back in an attempt to deflect.
‘Stop hitting on me, I’m really shy,’ he wrote, adding a pink-faced emoji to go along with it.
Elon Musk clapped back at Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after he accused him of potentially inciting hate crimes with his purchase of Twitter
‘Stop hitting on me, I’m really shy,’ he wrote, adding a pink-faced emoji to go along with it
Earlier in the day, Ocasio-Cortez took exception to Musk’s claim that the ‘far left’ had taken over the Democratic Party in recent years after he posted a graphic showing what he saw as the straying of the party left since 2008.
‘“The extreme left is taking over” WHERE,’ she wrote. ‘In Texas, Republicans passed a law allowing rapists to sue their victims for getting an abortion. Can anyone name a “far left” policy that extreme implemented anywhere? We can’t even get our party to import cheaper RXs from Canada. foh.’
The filings double the previously reported amount of the fire-sale, which Musk is presumably conducting in order to fund his $21 billion cash commitment in a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion.
Though Musk is the richest man in the world, with an estimated net worth of $246 billion, most of his fortune is tied up in stock, and it had seemed clear he would have to sell off some assets to fund the Twitter takeover.
About half of Musk’s selloff of Tesla shares was made on Tuesday. Musk sold another $4.4 billion in the stock on Thursday, the new filings show.
On Thursday night, after the first round of share sales became public, Musk tweeted: ‘No further TSLA sales planned after today’.
Tesla stock, which dropped 12 percent as he made his initial stock dump earlier this week, popped 6 percent in morning trading on Friday following Musk’s vow not to sell the remainder of his stake.
To complete the Twitter takeover, which is due to close by October, Musk has committed $21 billion in cash, $13 billion from Morgan Stanley in traditional bank loans and another $12.5 billion from the bank and others in margin loans.
Elon Musk sold off a total of more than $8.4 billion in Tesla shares in recent days, new regulatory filings on Friday showed
Even after the sale, Musk still owns about 16 percent of Tesla, a stake worth $143 billion
Tesla stock, which dropped 12 percent as he made his initial stock dump earlier this week, rose on Friday following Musk’s vow not to sell the remainder of his stake
It’s unclear why Musk decided to liquidate part of his 17 percent stake in Tesla so far in advance of the deal’s expected closing date.
In total, sold about 9.6 million shares this week, according to the filings on Thursday and Friday, equating to 5.6 percent of his stake in the company. Musk still owns about 16 percent of Tesla, a stake worth $143 billion.
After taxes, Musk will make about $6.5 billion from his latest stock sale, and made about $3 billion in profit from another big sell-off late last year. That leaves roughly $10 billion in cash he will still need to meet his equity requirement for the Twitter deal.
It is not clear how he will cover the remaining equity financing. Musk holds a 44 percent stake in unlisted rocket company SpaceX that is reportedly valued at $100 billion.