Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is once again targeting Twitter owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, this time requesting that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launch an investigation into Tesla.
Warren has repeatedly targeted Musk in the past, even attacking him simply for buying Twitter. This time, she’s claiming that his acquisition of Twitter has affected his role as CEO of Tesla and calling for an investigation into the matter.
“Since Elon Musk took over Twitter, I’m concerned @Tesla’s board has failed to manage conflicts of interest from his role as CEO of Tesla & Twitter. Tesla’s board has a legal obligation to serve its shareholders. I’m urging @SECGov to investigate,” the Democrat senator wrote in a tweet.
Since Elon Musk took over Twitter, I’m concerned @Tesla's board has failed to manage conflicts of interest from his role as CEO of Tesla & Twitter.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) July 17, 2023
Warren’s tweet was also hit with a “Community Note” that added context to the article she linked. As most people would expect while making a claim about Musk’s supposed conflict of interest, the article she linked would provide evidence to back up her claims. However, the Community Note stated: “Senator Warren is linking to an article about her own allegations, and which does not contain any independent reporting that substantiates her allegations.”
In his typical sarcastic and witty fashion, Musk responded to Warren’s comments with a tweet that read, “Not you again,” along with an emoji of a face exhaling with frustration.
In a second mocking tweet, Musk then wrote: “Can we please be friends please please.”
Can we please be friends please please
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 19, 2023
“What’s your favorite Halloween outfit?” he added in another tweet.
What’s your favorite Halloween outfit?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 19, 2023
Musk is no longer serving as CEO of Twitter, which should have alleviated some of the concerns about his roles at the various companies he is involved in. Earlier this year, he selected Linda Yaccarino to serve as Twitter CEO, noting in a tweet that she “will focus primarily on business operations, while I focus on product design & new technology.”
I am excited to welcome Linda Yaccarino as the new CEO of Twitter!@LindaYacc will focus primarily on business operations, while I focus on product design & new technology.
Looking forward to working with Linda to transform this platform into X, the everything app. https://t.co/TiSJtTWuky
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 12, 2023
However, it appears that this was not enough for Warren — who has adamantly opposed Musk’s purchase of Twitter.
“This deal is dangerous for our democracy. Billionaires like Elon Musk play by a different set of rules than everyone else, accumulating power for their own gain. We need a wealth tax and strong rules to hold Big Tech accountable,” the Massachusetts Democrat tweeted last year.
This deal is dangerous for our democracy. Billionaires like Elon Musk play by a different set of rules than everyone else, accumulating power for their own gain. We need a wealth tax and strong rules to hold Big Tech accountable.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) April 25, 2022
Warren even went so far as to send a letter to Tesla board chair Dr. Robyn Denholm in December 2022 about the potential impacts of Musk’s purchase of Twitter.
“Mr. Musk’s acquisition of Twitter and his simultaneous management of both Twitter and Tesla raise significant legal questions about conflicts of interest, compliance with labor laws, and misappropriation of corporate resources,” she wrote in the letter. “I am writing you so that I can better understand how you are dealing with these challenging circumstances so that I can evaluate current laws and current law enforcement in this area.”
This is just the latest in a long Twitter feud between Musk and Warren, which included the Democrat senator claiming that the man who built several successful companies was a “freeloader” and Musk calling her “Senator Karen” and arguing that America has “been harmed” by having Warren in the Senate.