Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk criticized President Joe Biden as “not the friendliest government” after the White House snubbed his company last month. Musk’s comments came during a Code Conference interview and followed a tweet in which Tesla CEO mocked Biden with similar insults as former President Donald Trump.
The Biden administration invited auto managers to the White House last month to discuss a shared goal of increasing production of electric vehicles. High-ranking officials from Ford, General Motors and Stellantis were invited. However, Tesla, the world’s largest manufacturer of electric vehicles, wasn’t.
One possible reason Tesla wasn’t invited is because its factory workers are not unionized, while Biden is a big unions supporter. During the code interview, Musk went a step further, claiming that Biden’s administration was “union controlled”.
Tesla has actively fought against an attempt to organize Tesla workers at the company’s Fremont, California facility. Musk was found to have breached labor law himself when he tweeted anti-union comments in 2019.
Musk has been optimizing Biden on Twitter for weeks. When asked why Biden didn’t make a statement about SpaceX’s recent rocket launch last week, Musk tweeted, “He’s Still Asleep,” echoing a Trump nickname for Biden, “Sleepy Joe”.
Update September 28, 7:15 p.m. ET:
On Twitter, a senior United Auto Workers official replied to Musk’s comments:
He has to stop whining and just admit that workers don’t have to quit democracy if they interfere in work! Good leaders are not afraid of intelligent workers, they greet them!
– Cindy Estrada (@ CindyEstrada174) September 28, 2021