Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday escalated his feud with billionaire Elon Musk in a series of Truth Social posts.
“When Elon Musk came to the White House asking me for help on all of his many subsidized projects, whether it’s electric cars that don’t drive long enough, driverless cars that crash, or rocketships to nowhere, without which subsidies he’d be worthless, and telling me how he was a big Trump fan and Republican, I could have said, ‘drop to your knees and beg,’ and he would have done it,” Trump claimed in a post, appearing to criticize at least two of Musk’s companies, Tesla and SpaceX.
“Now Elon should focus on getting himself out of the Twitter mess because he could owe $44 billion for something that’s perhaps worthless. Also, lots of competition for electric cars!” Trump wrote.
Meanwhile, Musk appeared unfazed by Trump’s insults on Tuesday. In response to a Twitter user who tagged Musk in a screenshot of Trump’s post on Tuesday, the billionaire responded with a tweet of his own, stating: Lmaooo.
Musk followed up his response with a mocking animated image of “The Simpsons” character, Grampa Simpson, appearing to yell and wave his fist out a window.
The recent spat between Musk and Trump began after the former president called Musk a “bullshit artist” at a rally over the weekend, accusing the billionaire of lying about voting for him in 2016.
In response, Musk tweeted that he did not hate Trump but thought it was time for the former president to hang up his hat.
Representatives for Musk at SpaceX and Tesla did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.