"The War on the 1%." That was the name of an event in San Francisco Thursday night attended by nearly 300 people, where billionaire Tom Perkins again claimed that the rich in America are under attack.
This wasn't the first time that Perkins sparked controversy.
The venture capitalist compared the vilification of the rich to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.
He has apologized for that extreme comment but is doubling down on the sentiment.
His latest idea: if you have more money, you should get more votes.
"The Tom Perkins system is: You don't get the vote if you don't pay a dollar in taxes" Perkins said. "But what I really think is it should be like a corporation. You pay a million dollars, you get a million votes."
Perkins later said his intent was to be outrageous, but he's not the only member of the one percent fighting back.
Billionaire investor Sam Zell and and Bud Konheim, the CEO of the fashion company Nicole Miller, also grabbed headlines for defending the rich.
"This country should not talk about envy of the one percent, they should talk about emulating the one percent," Zell said. "The one percent works harder."
"We've got a country that the poverty level is wealth in 99 percent of the rest of the world," Konheim told CNBC. "So we're talking about woe is me, woe is us, woe is this."
"The guy that's making, oh my God, $35,000 a year...Why don't we try that out in India or some country we can't even name....China, anyplace, that guy is wealthy."
Is there really a war on the one percent?
OutFront: Conservative Columnist Reihan Salam and Democratic Strategist Paul Begala.