If you thought that the left’s “eat the rich” stance was bad before — brace yourself for what’s coming.
Bill Gates is now facing the online “cancel culture” mob for not overtly denouncing President Trump in an interview in New York.
In an interview with Andrew Ross Sorkin, a writer for the New York Times, the founder of Microsoft wasn’t exactly thrilled with the wealth tax proposed by Elizabeth Warren.
As a left-leaning guy, Gates is fine with paying taxes and thinks that the government should be more involved in people’s lives rather than stepping back and allowing them to succeed on their own. He says that he’s a fan of “super-progressive tax systems.” But it seems that there is a limit to the level of taxation that he is willing to subject himself to and says that incredibly high taxation runs the risk of stifling capital-formation and innovation.
From the video:
GATES: I’ve paid $10 billion in taxes. I’ve paid more than anyone in taxes. But, I’m glad to have paid. If I had to pay $20 billion, it’s fine — but when you say I should pay $100 billion, then I’m starting to do a little math about what I have left over. I’m just kidding. You really want the incentive system to be there and you can go a long ways without threatening that.
SORKIN: Have you ever talked to Elizabeth Warren? Would you? Would you want to?
GATES: I’m not sure how open-minded she is or that she’d even be willing to sit down with somebody who has large amounts of money.
SORKIN: Ok, so let me make it complicated for you. You’ve been — I’ll politely say, public about your misgivings about our current president. If Elizabeth Warren were the other candidate, what would you do?
GATES: I’m not going to make political declarations, but I do think no matter what policy somebody has in mind … whoever I decide will have the more professional approach in the current situation, probably is the thing I will weigh the most. And I hope that the more professional candidate is an electable candidate.
Here’s what Bill Gates had to say yesterday about Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax, plus his thoughts on a potential Warren vs. Trump decision in 2020. #DealBook https://t.co/aYsCPUL3b7 pic.twitter.com/rWrIj8fSO8
— CNBC (@CNBC) November 7, 2019
The vocal Trump critic refused to clearly state that he would cast his ballot for Warren.
Leftist blue-checks on Twitter were very, very upset about this.
If Bill Gates really has that much trouble deciding who he’d back between Warren and trump, then fuck Bill Gates. Damn these billionaires are really showing us who they are and so far there are no surprises.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) November 7, 2019
Astonishing.@BillGates, the great philanthropist of our age, is so attached to his own wealth that he refuses to rule out voting to re-elect a white nationalist demagogue over Elizabeth Warren.https://t.co/l0AkM8eRZF
— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) November 6, 2019
Even if someone was asking Bill Gates to pay $100 billion in taxes, and nobody is, he would still have more money left over than Oprah and Richard Branson have combined. In reality, his rate would either be 3% (Warren) or 8% (Sanders). This billionaire pity party is pathetic. https://t.co/09L0psQVpv
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) November 6, 2019
The most common retort to my anti-billionaires tweets is “what about the good ones, like Bill Gates?” Folks, there are no good ones. No decent person would ever accumulate that much money. This man will vote for Trump to reduce his tax liability. https://t.co/XuJWtqXPkQ
— Every Billionaire Is A Policy Failure (@DanRiffle) November 7, 2019
You know how long it would take Warren's wealth taxes to cost Bill Gates $100 billion, if he never gave another dollar away to charity? Forty-five years. You know how old Bill Gates will be in forty-five years? A hundred and nine. https://t.co/iMqESBFA5C
— Angus Johnston (@studentactivism) November 7, 2019
Similarly when Bill Gates — who I don't even think of as that bad a guy, for a rich man — can't even extend the courtesy to MEETING with Warren (and this is a man who has sat down with Jeffrey Epstein), it just makes me think "damn, she's got y'all SHOOK."
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) November 7, 2019
Yes. I’m sure that Bill Gates is intimidated by Elizabeth Warren.
And the Voice Of Reason Award goes to…
Not going to spend the day defending Bill Gates but the money he invests in things like the climate is being hand waved because he won't vote for Warren specifically and it's hilarious.
> "Billionaires are bad and shouldn't exist!"
> "Save us, billionaires!"
— Neon Porter Taster (@neontaster) November 7, 2019
They don’t even see their hypocrisy. It is hilarious!