Elon Musk’s tweet goes viral in Times Square as Musk fans ask Biden to say the name “TESLA”
In May 2021, President Joe Biden visited the Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan plant to celebrate American-made electric muscle cars. Although Tesla is the most popular and the largest automaker by market value, Biden has a problem acknowledging that Tesla is leading the electrification of the auto industry in the United States.
But Tesla was notably absent from Biden’s celebration, and the snub did not go unnoticed by CEO Elon Musk. Musk tweeted, “Yeah, seems odd that Tesla wasn’t invited.” The feud between Musk and Biden has been going on for at least a year.
Now Elon Musk and Tesla fans are ramping up the pressure to get Biden to recognize Tesla and Musk. Almost 50,000 Tesla supporters have signed a petition, and someone has even bought an ad about it on Times Square. It all started after this Twitter post, which led Musk to tweet this last week:
Starts with a T
Ends with an A
ESL in the middle
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2022
Now some of Musk’s fans are taking the fight to Times Square. Yesterday, Musk’s friend Pranay Pathole tweeted a Times Square billboard sighting show an ad asking Biden to say the word, Tesla.
— Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) February 3, 2022
No one knows why Biden hates Musk and Tesla. Many on social media blame the snub on the government loan Tesla took in 2009. In 2009 Tesla took a $0.465 billion government loan and paid off the loan 9 years early and the US taxpayers even made a profit from the deal.
However, others pointed out that union-backed automakers like Ford also took government loans but never repay the money back. For example, Ford took a $6.000 billion loan. Instead of paying the loan back in full, Ford requested and received deferment on payments.
In 2009 the government gave:
Tesla a $0.465 billion loan
Ford a $6.000 billion loan
Tesla paid the loan off 9 years early. US tax payers made money on the deal.
Ford requested and received deferment on payments.https://t.co/xcH3C1hc2u
— Darrell Spice Jr. (@SpiceWare) February 2, 2022
Below is the original tweet from Musk.
Yeah, seems odd that Tesla wasn’t invited
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 5, 2021