Last night's State of the Union address didn't exactly land well. President Biden is being criticized for his handling of coronavirus and his sudden approval of lifting mandates (just in time for the midterms, how convenient) as well as his pandering to the LGBT crowd, among many other things.
At one point in his speech, President Biden addressed "the revitalization of American manufacturing," commending companies that chose to build new factories on American soil rather than taking their work overseas.
"Ford is investing $11 billion in electric vehicles, creating 11,000 jobs across the country," he said. "G.M. is making the largest investment in its history: $7 billion to build electric vehicles, creating 4,000 jobs in Michigan."
He cited that 369,000 new manufacturing jobs were created in the US last year alone. But there's one company he failed to mention in his SOTU address.
Elon Musk Slammed Biden For Not Mentioning Tesla
It's no secret that most government officials and politicians hate Elon Musk, the engineer and entrepreneur who is now worth over $230 billion. He has always been outspoken against the coronavirus restrictions that arbitrarily shut down small businesses, as well as a slew of other political issues that affect everyday Americans, including the vaccine mandates.
Musk refused to stay quiet when he realized that Biden snubbed Tesla in his speech. When Biden's official Twitter account tweeted part of his speech that praised Ford and G.M., Musk responded, "Tesla has created over 50,000 US jobs building electric vehicles & is investing more than double GM + Ford combined."
This isn't the first time the White House has intentionally snubbed Tesla. They have invited other electric vehicle manufacturers to many events since Biden was sworn into office, but never has Tesla been in the mix. A relevant fact: Tesla's American factories aren't unionized.
Musk didn't just stop with the tweet. He told CNBC in an email, "Nobody is watching the State of the Union."
Well, he's probably not wrong. We do know that only 41% of viewers responded to Biden's speech as "very positive." Musk may be a billionaire, but he usually has a pretty good read on people's feelings toward the government.