By Katabella Roberts
Elon Musk told Democratic lawmaker Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) to “stop hitting on me” on Friday after she took aim at what she called a “billionaire with an ego problem.”
The representative for New York took to Twitter where she took a swipe at a billionaire who she said “controls a massive communication platform” but stopped short of specifically naming Musk, who is acquiring the social media site for $44 billion.
Twitter’s board of directors accepted Musk’s proposal of $54.20 per share in cash last week after previously resisting the offer, paving the way for the businessman to embrace his vision for freedom of speech and expression within the law on the social media platform.
“Tired of having to collectively stress about what explosion of hate crimes is happening bc [sic] 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,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
In response, billionaire Musk wrote: “Stop hitting on me, I’m really shy,” alongside a smiley face.
Ocasio-Cortez then responded to the Tesla CEO’s comment in a now-deleted post, writing, “I was talking about Zuckerberg but ok.”
The Epoch Times has contacted Ocasio-Cortez for comment.
Tesla CEO Musk’s response to Ocasio-Cortez appeared to be in reference to a string of posts she shared on Twitter back in December in which she claimed that her Republican critics were “mad” because they wanted to date her.
“If Republicans are mad they can’t date me they can just say that instead of projecting their sexual frustrations onto my boyfriend’s feet,” the lawmaker wrote in the post alongside a photo of her and her boyfriend enjoying a drink outside an establishment in an unknown location.
Her comment was in response to former Trump advisor Steve Cortes, who shared the photo of the lawmaker and her partner while noting that she had gone on vacation to Florida and was seen without a mask covering despite urging people to wear them to help protect against COVID-19.
“Ya creepy weirdos,” she added to the post.
The exchange between Musk and the democratic lawmaker came after it was revealed that Musk sold nearly $4 billion worth of Tesla shares last week shortly after agreeing to purchase Twitter.
According to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Musk got rid of roughly 4.4 million shares of the electric vehicle company for about $3.9 billion.
The majority of the share sales occurred on April 26 and 27, just days after Twitter accepted his offer, and sales prices ranged between about $872 and $999 per share.
Musk later revealed on Twitter, shortly after the filings were made public, that he had no “further TSLA sales planned after today” but did not provide further details as to why he sold the shares.
However, his deal to purchase Twitter—although it still needs to be approved by regulators—ultimately requires cash.
According to Musk, he has so far secured $46.5 billion in funding commitments to finance the takeover, including $25.5 billion in debt financing through Morgan Stanley and other financial firms. He has also committed to providing $21 billion in equity financing.