‘I Dare You’: Elon Musk Issues Bold Challenge To Ocasio-Cortez


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Elon Musk has laid a challenge for Democrat Socialist New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and we have yet to hear her response.

He started by taking a swipe at the way she and other liberals talk about billionaires as if they are inherently evil people.

“Use of the word “billionaire” as a pejorative is morally wrong & dumb,” he said in one of his first tweets on Thursday.

“If the reason for it is building products that make millions of people happy,” he said.

But then came a poll for his Twitter followers in which he asked “Who do you trust less? Real question” followed by a two choice poll pitting Politicians against billionaires.

And he then issued a challenge to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez, “.I dare you to run the same poll with your followers,” he said.

As of Friday morning the poll has near 2.5 million responses with 76 percent of respondents saying they trust politicians less.


This is the latest in the online fight between Musk and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez.

The representative said to Bloomberg this week that she would trade in her Tesla to get another electric car from a company that allows its workers to be part of a union.

“He’s a billionaire. I could care less what he thinks,” she said of his recent announcement that he would be voting Republican.

“At the time, it was the only EV that could get me from New York to Washington on like one, or one-and-a-half charges,” the representative said. “I would love to switch.”

That came weeks after the two were locked in another Twitter fight.

It happened when Rep. Ocasio-Cortez made a comment that he believed was directed to him and he smoked her with one sentence.

“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 said.

With a war between Russia and Ukraine, inflation hitting records and people struggling to make ends meet this is an interesting thing to be stressed about.

But Musk had the perfect response to her.

“Stop hitting on me, I’m really shy,” he said with a blushing emoji.

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez initially responded to his tweet with “I was talking about Zuckerberg but ok,” but then she deleted the tweet.

Before those tweets were other by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez that appeared to be swipes at Musk on Friday.

“Billionaires be like ‘the extreme far left is taking over’ when the ‘extreme far left’ in the US is ‘medicine shouldn’t bankrupt you,’ ‘ wages should cover rent,’ & ‘maybe it’s bad that Wall St companies profit off mass surveillance, manufactured housing crises, and caging people,’” she said.

“The number of billionaires in the US couldn’t even fill an apartment building, but the number of people they negatively impact is only growing. All the US billionaire votes combined couldn’t even come in 2nd for an NY city council election. That’s why they stay pressed,” she said.


Those tweets were likely a response to tweets Musk made that shredded the far left.

“The far left hates everyone, themselves included!” he tweeted. He later followed that with another tweet giving a tepid condemnation of the “far-right.”

“But I’m no fan of the far right either. Let’s have less hate and more love,” he said.

And he sent another tweet that said “I strongly supported Obama for President, but today’s Democratic Party has been hijacked by extremists.”


It came after a tweet he sent where he showed himself becoming more right-leaning.

The tweet was a drawing of stick figures. One represents a liberal, another represents a conservative, and one represents Musk.

The meme shows him in 2008 being left of center and the liberal with a caption that said: “my fellow liberal.”

On the next line it shows 2012 and Musk is in the same place, but as the sides get more extreme and the center moves Musk is now only slightly to the left of the center and the liberal is now further away with the caption “my fellow liberal?” this time posed as a question.

By the line that shows 2021, it shows the center moving far to the left and Musk now being closer to the conservative and on the right of center with the liberal now labeled as a “’ woke’ progressive’ and calling him a “bigot.”

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