Last updated on January 31, 2022
After a petition was launched asking President Biden to acknowledge Elon Musk’s company Tesla’s leadership with regard to electric vehicles, as Biden has lauded other leaders in the electric vehicle industry, Musk ripped Biden, tweeting sardonically, “For reasons unknown, @potus is unable to say the word ‘Tesla.’”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 30, 2022
As recently as last Thursday, Elon Musk slammed Biden on Thursday after Biden tweeted a video of himself talking with General Motors CEO Mary Barra, captioned, “I meant it when I said the future was going to be made right here in America. Companies like GM and Ford are building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before.”
Musk fired back, “Starts with a T. Ends with an A. ESL in the middle.”
The Daily Wire noted:
Musk has repeatedly mocked Biden online after Biden has spurned the CEO and his companies, despite their extraordinary accomplishments. Musk responded to a Twitter user who asked why Biden had not acknowledged that SpaceX’s ‘Inspiration4’ mission, the world’s first all-civilian crew spaceflight, raised hundreds of millions of dollars for charity by tweeting: “He’s still sleeping.” Musk has slammed Biden for being a “puppet” for the United Auto Workers union and for not inviting Tesla to an EV event at the White House.
The Change.org petition asking Biden to acknowledge Tesla stated:
This is a petition for President Biden, asking him to acknowledge Tesla’s leadership in regards to electric vehicles.
The White House and the Biden Administration have intentionally been trying to ignore Tesla’s hard work while propping up GM and others as “EV Leaders.” They have snubbed Tesla on behalf of UAW citing that the EV events were for UAW.
In a recent interview with CNBC, Brian Deese, White House Director of the National Economic Council, refused to answer the question as to why the Biden administration refuses to invite Tesla or even acknowledge Tesla’s role as a leader in this industry.
When asked why Elon Musk wasn’t invited to this week’s White House Meeting with CEOs about Build Back Better, Deese replied, “This was a great meeting, we had CEOs from sectors across the economy, not just the automotive sector but the technology sector, the industrial and healthcare sector[,] all across and what was really interesting of the perspectives the CEO were bringing was that all of them were underscoring things like investing in child care or education–early education[,] are core economic issues right now given our need to get people back into the workforce.”
That wasn’t the full reply but as you can see, not only did he not answer the question as to why the White House is refusing to invite Tesla to these EV meetings, but it shows that President Biden is intentionally ignoring Tesla’s hard work.
This is an insult to the Americans who work for Tesla. In addition, Biden’s insistance that GM is leading while completely ignoring Tesla is pure manipulation and he needs to stop.
The purpose of this petition isn’t to attack President Biden personally, but to let him know that we are not falling for the manipulation. We know Tesla is the leader and if you are manipulating Americans about who makes the most EVs, then what else are you trying to convince Americans of?
This is petty, honestly. And embarrassing.
I implore you, President Biden, and so do those signing this, to do the right thing and acknowledge Tesla for its hard work in making EVs a possibility for Americans.
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