Bill Gates and Elizabeth Warren are tweeting at each other — and it seems possible they could have an IRL conversation soon.
But let’s first back up to why they’re @-ing each other. Yesterday, the Microsoft co-founder was interviewed at The New York Times’ DealBook Conference. The very first thing CNBC host Andrew Ross Sorkin asked Gates was his position on Warren’s proposed 6 percent wealth tax on billionaires, which is designed to help pay for Medicare for All.
As part of his response, he discusses how a wealth tax could affect him, and if he’s ever met with Elizabeth Warren:
Gates on whether he'd meet with Elizabeth Warren:— Teddy Schleifer (@teddyschleifer) November 6, 2019
"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."
His comment about paying over $10 billion in taxes can only be described as a tax flex (he seemed to be joking, but maybe not really). And he didn’t seem confident that Warren would want to sit down with him.
Here’s a video of his comments, with the tweeted quotes coming in just after the six-minute mark:
Well, last night Elizabeth Warren tweeted to say that, actually, she’d be happy to discuss her wealth tax further with Gates:
I'm always happy to meet with people, even if we have different views. @BillGates, if we get the chance, I'd love to explain exactly how much you'd pay under my wealth tax. (I promise it's not $100 billion.) https://t.co/m6G20hDNaV— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 7, 2019
And this morning, Gates tweeted back — though he doesn’t exactly agree to meet up. But he at least sounds interested in having some kind of conversation with Warren to discuss how to fight wealth inequality:
I’m always willing to talk about creative solutions to these problems.— Bill Gates (@BillGates) November 7, 2019
So, it doesn’t seem as if the Elizabeth Warren Bill Gates Wealth Inequality Beer Summit Extravaganza will be happening imminently — but perhaps the two will talk soon. Since they’re already chatting on Twitter, maybe they’ll just keep tweeting back and forth, because that’s a thing a Democratic candidate and one of the richest men in the world will do in 2019.
Update November 7th, 5:54PM ET: Linked to a different video of Bill Gates’ comments, as the one we originally linked to was made private.