Tesla CEO Elon Musk confirmed last week that the Biden administration, for the second time, snubbed his company in a summit meeting highlighting electric vehicles. “Biden is treating the American public like fools,” he said on Twitter.
In August 2021, Musk confirmed that Tesla, which is also the single largest producer of electric vehicles, was not invited to attend an electric vehicle summit, which included Ford, General Motors, and Stellantis.
In response, Musk roasted Biden on Twitter over his second exclusion from an electric vehicle summit, stating that his company, “Starts with a T. Ends with an A. ESLA in the middle.” He also added that, “For reasons unknown @potus is unable to say the word ‘Tesla.’”
The Biden administration made it clear last year that the “three largest employers of the United Auto Workers” union were invited to their electric vehicle summit, but clarified that Biden does not agree with Musk’s, “anti-union stance,” according to a report from Newsmax.
For reference, Musk has previously mocked the United Auto Workers (UAW) union for rampant allegations of corruption. In 2021, the New York Post reported that Tesla stated in a tweet that the new UAW slogan was, “’Fighting for their right to steal money from workers!’” In response, the UAW filed a complaint with the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) to target Tesla for being non-unionized, and Musk was further ordered to delete his tweet.
The Biden administration’s disdain for Musk possibly stems from the Tesla CEO’s unabashed criticism of Biden’s failing policies. Musk is also known for making fun of progressive politicians on Twitter, as well as questioning media narratives surrounding Covid data and regulations. On Thursday, Musk tweeted that, “If you scare people enough, they will demand removal of freedom. This is the path to tyranny.”
It looks like Elon Musk is unafraid to speak his mind, and the Biden administration appears to be attempting to punish him for that by excluding him from yet another electric vehicle summit.