Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., speaks during the Facebook F8 Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, April 12, 2016.
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April 13, 2016 12:09 PM EDT

A spokeswoman for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took a swipe at Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday after the Facebook CEO criticized Trump’s positions.

In an interview with CNBC, Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said the tech billionaire was out of touch.

“Self-righteousness isn’t very proactive: We can talk about taxes, we can talk about jobs and even immigration, but that doesn’t really put food on the table and save lives,” Pierson said. “I think I’ll take Mark Zuckerberg seriously when he gives up all of his private security, moves out of his posh neighborhood, and comes to live in a modest neighborhood near a border town.”

The jab came a day after Zuckerberg attacked Trump—without mentioning him by name—at a tech conference.

“I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward, against this idea of a connected world and a global community,” Zuckerberg said. “I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others. For blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, reducing trade, and in some cases around the world even cutting access to the internet.”

The feud has roots in policy. Zuckerberg is pushing for immigration reform, joining forces with other Silicon Valley executives to launch an organization called

Last month, FWD.US posted a video called “The Trump Effect,” which featured young Hispanics saying that rhetoric from Trump and other Republican presidential candidates could severely damage the Republican Party.

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