Elon Musk calls Biden 'damp sock puppet' after Tesla not mentioned in WH tweet on electric cars
Musk first commented on the post, 'Starts with a T, Ends with an A, ESL in the middle'
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has slammed President Joe Biden, calling him a 'damp sock puppet', after the president's tweet on electric cars didn't mention Tesla - the largest seller of such cars in the world.
"I meant it when I said the future was going to be made right here in America. Companies like GM and Ford are building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before," Biden tweeted on Wednesday, including a video of him speaking with General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra, who discussed the company's $7 billion investment into manufacturing electric vehicles and battery cells in Michigan.
Musk first commented on the post, "Starts with a T, Ends with an A, ESL in the middle."
The meeting discussed about supporting Biden's Build Back Better bill which was stalled as Senator Joe Machin did not support it.
Later, a Twitter user commented on Biden's video, "Madness has taken national proportions ... Shame on Joe Biden and Mary Barra for this lie, it's so insignificant to be like that." Musk in response tweeted, "Biden is a damp sock puppet in human form," using the sock emoji.
Biden is a damp 🧦 puppet in human form— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 27, 2022
The White House did not respond to requests for comments regarding Musk's reply. In the United States, Tesla is still the largest seller of electric vehicles; although GM and Ford have invested majorly to increase the production with a view to bring an industry-wide shift to using electric vehicles.
Biden is seen as proposing and promoting policies that encourage purchases of EV. He has also frequently purchased from GM, Ford, Stellantis NV. The hourly workers of these three automakers are members of the United Auto Workers that represent manufacturers embracing change. Musk is the only other leader of a major automaker that is headquatered in the States.
Musk says Biden's White House is not the 'friendliest administration' and that it is 'controlled by unions'. Tesla is known to have been actively fighting against efforts directed towards unionization at its plants.