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Elon Musk quickly fact checks Biden over SOTU claims on electric vehicles that ignored Tesla

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Elon Musk corrected President Joe Biden on Tuesday for touting the success of Ford and General Motors in the electric vehicle industry but completely ignoring the successes of Tesla.

What happened?

During his speech, Biden touted the "revitalization of American manufacturing," referring to American companies who outsourced their manufacturing but have begun to increase domestic production in recent years.

Specifically, Biden cited Ford and GM and their commitment to building electric vehicles.

"Companies are choosing to build new factories here, when just a few years ago, they would have built them overseas," Biden said. "That’s what is happening. Ford is investing $11 billion to build electric vehicles, creating 11,000 jobs across the country. GM is making the largest investment in its history — $7 billion to build electric vehicles, creating 4,000 jobs in Michigan."

When the president's social media team reposted the lines to his Twitter account, Musk quickly hit back.

"Tesla has created over 50,000 US jobs building electric vehicles & is investing more than double GM + Ford combined," Musk corrected.

Musk has good reason to be upset with Biden.

Not only has Tesla created tens of thousands of jobs in the U.S. and generated billions of dollars in revenue, but Tesla is also the most productive automotive manufacturer in North America, producing 8,550 cars per week on average at its Fremont, California, plant, Bloomberg reported.

And Biden's snub on Tuesday was not the first time Biden has given Tesla the cold shoulder.

Last August, the White House held an electric vehicle summit. Biden invited GM, Ford, Chrysler, and the United Auto Workers union, but refused to invite Tesla despite being the No. 1 producer of electric vehicles.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki later addressed why Tesla was not invited, implying that Musk's company was snubbed because its workforce is not unionized.

Musk later accused the Biden administration of being "controlled by unions" when he addressed the EV summit.

"You know, Biden held this EV summit, didn't invite Tesla. Invited GM, Ford, Chrysler, and UAW. An EV summit on the White House. Didn't mention Tesla once, and praised GM and Ford for leading the EV revolution. Does this sound maybe a little biased or something? And you know, just, it's not the friendliest administration. Seems to be controlled by unions as far as I can tell," Musk said.

Just last month, Musk highlighted the idiocy of ignoring Tesla's obvious successes while promoting pro-union auto-makers.

"Biden has pointedly ignored Tesla at every turn and falsely stated to the public that GM leads the electric car industry, when in fact Tesla produced over 300,000 electric vehicles last quarter and GM produced 26," Musk said.

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