Bernie Sanders tells Elon Musk to focus on Earth

Massive wealth disparity

Elon Musk says he’s hoarding wealth for a good cause — but it’s not good enough for US Sen. Bernie Sanders. The left-wing lawmaker targeted the billionaire Tesla CEO after Musk claimed he would use his giant fortune to support life on other planets. Sanders — a Vermont independent who’s a powerful gadfly on the Democratic Party’s left flank — first went after Musk last week by pointing out the massive wealth disparity that he and fellow billionaire Jeff Bezos exemplify.

“We are in a moment in American history where two guys — Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos — own more wealth than the bottom 40 [percent] of people in this country,” Sanders tweeted on Thursday. Musk offered his own defense in response to the article on Twitter, saying his fortune will go toward his spacefaring ambitions. His rocket-building company, SpaceX, wants to land humans on Mars by 2026.

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