SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk has a radical proposal: the introduction of an age threshold above which candidates cannot run for public office.
In a tweet on Thursday, Musknapt wrote: "Let's set an age limit after which you won't be able to run for political office, perhaps a little under 70."
It is unclear exactly what prompted his message, although he recently found himself at odds with 80-year-old Bernie Sanders, a leading proponent of corporate and wealth taxes that appear to have hit Musk and his empire hard.
“I keep forgetting you're still alive,” Musk tweeted to Senator Vermont, whom he described as “a taker, not a creator.”
The consequences of an aging political elite are a major topic of conversation with American right-wing officials, especially regarding 79-year-old Joe Biden, also known as "Sleepy Joe," as many Republicans call him. If Trump is reinstated after the next election, he will be the same age as Biden at his inauguration in 2021.
While the US sets a minimum age for congressional or presidential candidates, there is no maximum, and many senators still serve in the House until they are eighty or older. The oldest current senator, 88-year-old Diane Feinstein, has yet to say if she will run for the next six-year term in 2024; second oldest, the only Chuck Grassley slightly younger, is running for re-election in 2022. If he is re-elected, he will turn 95 by the end of the next term.
Musk, who is currently considered the richest man in the world, is known for his spontaneous explosions and grandiose statements that often got him into trouble. Most recently, he lost more than $ 50 billion in two days after initiating a Twitter poll about whether to sell 10 percent of his Tesla stock. That said, he's still ahead of Amazon head Jeff Bezos in the billionaire league with net wealth of around $ 323 billion.