Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a "billionaire calculator" on Thursday with a not-so-subtle review of her morning critics Bill Gates and Leon Kuperman, both recently attacked by her wealth tax.
"Some billionaires seem confused about how much they would pay under my #TwoCentWealthTax," the Warren campaign said, referring to its signature tax. "Don't worry, we now have a calculator for that."
– Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 7, 2019
Consumers are invited to identify their net worth as well as whether they are billionaires. Special links are included for Gates and Cooperman, who automatically fill in their forecast states – $ 107 billion and $ 3.2 billion, respectively.
The calculator comes a day after Gates criticized Warren's wealth tax, which would impose a 2% tax on households with a net worth over $ 50 million and impose a 6% wealth rate over $ 1 billion annually. Tax is a key part of her populist campaign, and Warren welcomes public confrontations with billionaires to emphasize her progressive zeal.
At a New York Times Dealbook conference on Wednesday, Gates said he had already paid $ 10 billion in taxes and would be "fine" with a $ 20 billion payment.
"But, you know, when you say I have to pay $ 100 billion, OK, then I start to do a little math for what I have left," Gates said. "I'm sorry, I'm just kidding. So you really want the incentive system to be there and you can go a long way without threatening it."
Gates then said that he had not spoken to Warren and had questioned her desire to meet a rich man. He could pay over $ 6 billion in wealth taxes at Warren's suggestion.
"You know, I'm not sure how open he is or even wanting to sit down with someone, you know, who has the big bucks," Gates said.
Warren responded later on with a tweet saying: "I always enjoy meeting people, even if we have different opinions. @Bill Gates, if we have the opportunity, I would like to explain exactly how much you will pay under my wealth tax. (I promise it's not $ 100 billion.) "
Kuperman is another critic of the Massachusetts senator, and he
Later, the hedge fund manager said, "This is idiocy. to turn people's heads, promising lots of free things. "