Big Pharma boss Shkreli attacks Bernie Sanders on Twitter, senator fails to take bait
Possibly the most hated man in America, Big Pharma baron Martin Shkreli has become embroiled in a one-sided Twitter slanging match with Bernie Sanders.
In a veiled threat to the Vermont senator who lost the Democratic primary race to Hilary Clinton, Shkreli accuses Sanders of “say[ing] some sh*t about me,” while also alluding to the fact that it would be better for him to keep his mouth shut in the future.
Disappointed that Sanders failed to respond, even though it is the middle of the night in the US, a Twitter user urged the 74-year-old to answer Shkreli's taunts.
If Bernie doesn't respond to this with the most fire diss track of all time I'll be thoroughly disappointed tbh https://t.co/4RL8EbzcL8— McCoy Tester (@mccoytester) July 26, 2016
But it seems as though the Twittersphere isn't taking Shkreli’s side, with those on the social media platform almost unanimously siding with Sanders.
@MartinShkreli What are you going to do if you have to fight someone taller than your own 3'5"? Buy a gold plated stepladder?— Rob Grim (@Wandering_Rob) July 26, 2016
@MartinShkreli Big talk for someone with the jawline of an eight year old boy, and the hairline of an eighty year old man.— Rob Grim (@Wandering_Rob) July 26, 2016
Another user said that Shkreli should make use of Twitter while he has the chance, referring to his December arrest for securities fraud and his upcoming court case.
@MartinShkreli you are not shit dude. You'll be in prison sometime 2017, getting your ass handed to you. No more tweet tweet buddy.— Connie Lingus (@MrPlutocracy) July 26, 2016
This marks a sharp turn-around for Shkreli, who backed Sanders’ presidency bid just nine months ago with a donation the latter refused to take. At the end of May, Shkreli switched his support to Republican nominee Donald Trump.
The businessman gained notoriety last year when his company, Turing Pharmaceuticals, hiked the price of the AIDS drug Daraprim by 5,500 percent (from $13.50 to $750 per pill) after buying the rights to the medication.