When you hear talk of electric cars, Tesla and Elon Musk are usually not far from the conversation. After all, Tesla released its first electric car in 2008. It took until 2011 for Ford to do the same thing. Tesla is almost entirely based in the U.S., too, which has resulted in tens of thousands of jobs for Americans.
If the president is going to talk about electric cars and helping the environment, there should most certainly be a nod toward Elon Musk.
During the State of the Union address, however, it seemed that President Biden was more concerned about giving that nod toward other car manufacturers. Tesla was left off the list, and Elon Musk took notice. He was snubbed, publicly, and everyone took notice.
Biden identified in his address that “Ford is investing $11 billion to build electric vehicles, creating 11,000 jobs across the country. GM is making the largest investment in history — $7 billion to build electric vehicles, creating 4,000 jobs in Michigan.”
Yep, no mention of Tesla and all that Musk has done to help the economy.
So, Musk did what he did best – and took to Twitter to reply to Biden’s tweet about all of the accomplishments. “Tesla has created over 50,000 US jobs building electric vehicles & is investing more than double GM + Ford combined.”
It’s funny that Musk was missing from Biden’s talk but it’s not at all surprising.
The Democrats don’t like Musk. He’s conservative, he’s willing to fight back when he’s pressured about paying more taxes than what is fair, and he even moved his operation from California to Texas to get away from the liberal politics.
There’s just one problem with Biden choosing to leave Tesla out of the equation. Unity. If Biden believed what he said about unity and trying to unify the country, he wouldn’t have purposefully snubbed Elon Musk. He would have mentioned him first – and gotten his facts right.
Biden seems to be a bit confused on what a “large investment” looks like. $18 billion between Ford and GM is a decent amount of money – but it’s nothing compared to all that Tesla has done. And let’s not forget about all of the other Musk endeavors that make sure people have jobs, including The Boring Company and Space X.
The Biden administration and the rest of the Democrats around the country also have their feelings hurt when it comes to Musk and his pesky capitalist thoughts. Musk isn’t a fan of the Build Back Better plan. He knows that it’s expensive and knows that it would be better for the country if the bill didn’t pass. He commented that “Rules and regulations are immortal. They don’t die. The vast majority of rules and regulations live forever…there’s not really an effective garbage collection system for removing rules and regulations, so this hardens the arteries of civilization where you are able to do less and less over time.”
As for the snub, Musk isn’t overly concerned. He knows the same thing that everyone else does – no one was really watching the speech. Most people tuned in the next morning to catch a few of the bloopers – like where Biden ended his speech with “Go get em.”
Maybe he was talking about Musk. After all, we can’t allow a capitalist who believes in the importance of small business to speak up, right? That would ruin the plans for shoving the country toward socialism once and for all.