Elon Musk on Biden’s comments that GM is creating 11,000 jobs: “Tesla has created over 50,000 US jobs building electric vehicles & is investing more than double GM + Ford combined”
It looks like the feud between President Biden and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is never going to go away. Last month, Biden finally acknowledged Tesla as the “nation’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer” after months of snubbing the world’s most valuable automaker.
But yesterday night, Biden, again, refused to acknowledge Tesla during the State of The Union address. During the speech, Biden acknowledged the traditional automakers like Ford and GM but not Tesla.
Biden said, “Ford is investing $11B to build electric vehicles—creating 11,000 jobs across the country. GM is making the largest investment in its history—$7B to build electric vehicles, creating 4,000 jobs in Michigan.”
Biden’s comments were later posted on Twitter. About 10 PM, Musk responded saying:
“Tesla has created over 50,000 US jobs building electric vehicles & is investing more than double GM + Ford combined [fyi to person controlling this twitter]”
Not sure what Musk meant by this:”fyi to person controlling this twitter.”
Tesla has created over 50,000 US jobs building electric vehicles & is investing more than double GM + Ford combined
[fyi to person controlling this twitter]
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 2, 2022
The feud between the two started in May 2021 when President Joe Biden visited the Ford’s Dearborn, Michigan plant to celebrate American-made electric muscle cars.
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.
Although Tesla is the most popular and the largest automaker by market value, Biden refused to acknowledge that Tesla is leading the electrification of the auto industry in the United States. Then in January, Elon Musk and Tesla fans decided to ramp up the pressure to get Biden to recognize Tesla and Musk. Almost 50,000 Tesla supporters have signed a petition.
The ad and the petition appear to have worked. Today, Biden acknowledged Tesla as the nation’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer! In an event at the White House, President Biden said:
“From iconic companies, like GM and Ford building out new electric vehicle production, to Tesla, our nation largest electric vehicle manufacturer.”
Elon Musk’s fan Sawyer Merritt later shared the video on Twitter. Musk later responded to the tweet with an emoji smiling face with sunglasses.