If there’s one thing that Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign has been good at, it’s social media. Her slogans have been on point, her selfies with fans and supporters go viral regularly, and she’s just plain funny on her account every once in a while.
But today all of the 2020 Democrats running for president had to make room for one more candidate: Billionaire NY businessman and former mayor Michael Bloomberg. And Bloomberg’s status as a billionaire — worth $52 billion, in fact — makes him a prime target for some of Warren’s best campaign interests, namely the wealth tax she intends to implement on wealth about $50 million.
Other billionaires have been in the news complaining that Warren would tax them too much. Billionaire investor Leon Cooperman went on CNBC to whine about the Massachusetts Senator’s tax plan:
I don’t need Elizabeth Warren telling me that I’m a deadbeat and that billionaires are deadbeats. The vilification of billionaires makes no sense to me. The world is a substantially better place because of Bill Gates, Michael Bloomberg, David Rubenstein, Bernie Marcus, Ken Langone…”
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Bill gates publicly voiced his fear that he’d be paying “$100 billion” in taxes (although he was off by about 93 percent).
So when Warren introduced a new tool on her campaign website, the Calculator for the Billionaires, it was meant to poke a little fun at the folks who were freaking out over a tax that wouldn’t even come close to touching their bottom line. She even made handy links on the calculator labeled “If you’re Bill Gates you can click here” and “If you’re Leon Cooperman, you can just click here.”
Then Bloomberg hit the trail and it was time to update the calculator. It took literally moments between the news of Bloomberg’s run hitting the wire and Warren’s calculator update:
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 7, 2019
Clicking the link gets you to the calculator page, but now it has a new addition:
Clicking the link there fills in the net worth box automatically with the number 52000000000, or $52 billion, then clicking “next” shows that Bloomberg would be subject to a tax of $3.079 billion, and lets him know that he has the opportunity to do a lot of good with that kind of money.
Let’s hope Bloomberg himself steps up his social media game so we can have the kind of humorous campaign we all deserve after 3 years of Trump.
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