After many snubs and months of Boss-level trolling by Elon Musk, President Joe Biden has finally acknowledged that Tesla is a significant manufacturer of electric cars.
Considering the Biden administration has pledged $15 billion towards electric vehicles and charging stations as part of its $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, you’d think he and the Tesla CEO would be pals, but Twitter tells a different tale.
Tesla’s name was first dragged through the Biden administration’s dirt in January of 2021 when news surfaced that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi purchased $1 million of Tesla stock just days before Biden announced that all government vehicles would be electric.
Needless to say, it didn’t go over well on Twitter, as claims of insider trading were launched.
Nancy Pelosi @SpeakerPelosi buys 1M in stock options In Tesla a few days before Joe Biden announces all government vehicles will be electric. I don’t think that’s legal at least for us peasants it’s not.
Meanwhile you can’t purchase stock on Robin Hood
— sean janicki (@janicki_sean) January 31, 2021
So Nancy Pelosi buys Tesla stock, couple days later Biden announces government vehicles all be electric…isn’t that insider trading?
— Ryan Lee Odens (@odiegarfield77) January 26, 2021
Still, it was surprising when, at an August White House signing of an executive order aimed at “strengthening American leadership in clean cars and trucks,” Biden was joined by CEOs from Ford and GM, but Musk was nowhere to be seen.
“Yeah, seems odd that Tesla wasn’t invited,” Musk tweeted.
Yeah, seems odd that Tesla wasn’t invited
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 5, 2021
The snub was repeated in January when GM and Ford CEOs were invited for a White House event on green cars but, again, Tesla was not represented.
The final straw came when Biden praised GM and Ford on Twitter for “building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before.”
“Starts with a T,” Musk replied. “Ends with a A.”
And in a nod to “English as a Second Language” studies, Musk added: “ESL in the middle.”
Starts with a T
Ends with an A
ESL in the middle
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2022
If his point wasn’t clear enough, Musk issued a follow-up tweet to say, “Biden is a damp [sock] puppet in human form.”
Biden is a damp 🧦 puppet in human form
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2022
According to Jen Psaki, the cold shoulder may have been the result of Elon Musk’s stance against unions. When asked in a press briefing if that was why Tesla was not invited to the event, Psaki responded, “I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.”
It’s a puzzling animosity, given Biden’s committments to all things green and Tesla’s place in both pop culture and the U.S. electric car market. According to Statista, “Tesla is the market leader in battery-electric car sales for the United States.”
Perhaps this is why Biden finally acknowledged Tesla’s presence.
“Since 2021, companies have announced investments totaling more than $200 billion in domestic manufacturing here in America, from iconic companies like GM and Ford building out new electric vehicle production; to Tesla, our nation’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer,” Biden said at a White House event.
BREAKING: President Biden just acknowledged Tesla as the nations largest electric vehicle manufacturer! @elonmusk
“From iconic companies, like GM and Ford building out new electric vehicle production, to Tesla, our nations largest electric vehicle manufacturer.” pic.twitter.com/CRYvQzWGZP
— Sawyer Merritt (@SawyerMerritt) February 8, 2022
There, Mr. President. Now, that didn’t hurt so bad, did it?
But the nod may not be enough to satisfy Musk.
Following the speech, Biden tweeted, “China has been leading the electric vehicle race, but that’s about to change. We’re building a convenient, reliable, equitable national public charging network. It’ll make America more economically competitive and help us tackle the climate crisis at the same time.”
Musk had only one word for the President’s tweet: “Tesla.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 8, 2022
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