Biden Facing Backlash after 'Snubbing' Tesla
Feb. 2, 2022—President Joe Biden is facing increasing backlash from Tesla supporters who say the commander in chief has been "unfairly snubbing" the top-selling EV brand by refusing to acknowledge its leadership in the industry.
According to a report from the Associated Press, more than 38,000 people have signed a change.org petition requesting the president in some way acknowledge Tesla as a driving force in the rapid increase in relevance for electric vehicles.
Many have criticized Biden's repeated decision to not mention Tesla in the same breath—or ever—along with automakers such as Ford and General Motors when talking about efforts to make electric vehicles more accessible. A primary reason cited by critics is that Tesla is not unionized, whereas workers for Ford, GM and other traditional automakers are part of the UAW.
"This is an insult to the Americans who work for Tesla," the change.org description reads, adding the "purpose of this petition isn't to attack President Biden personally" but rather request he "do the right thing and acknowledge Tesla for its hard work in making EVs a possibility for Americans."
Per the report, Tesla sold 936,00 EVs worldwide with an estimated 352,000 of those coming in the U.S. By comparison, Ford sold around 27,000 EVs and GM sold 25,000 in 2021.