Tesla and Elon Musk no longer liked by liberals

Tesla was once beloved of the political left. With electric vehicles like the Tesla Model S and Model 3, Tesla has helped drive the auto industry’s push toward electric vehicles, which address traditional progressive causes such as climate change and air pollution. . However, due to their recent controversial actions, Tesla and Elon Musk are no longer beloved by liberals.

Tesla has lost its luster for liberals

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Tesla and Elon Musk once had a large contingent of liberal fans who helped them become financially successful. However, in recent months and years, Tesla and Elon Musk have angered these liberal supporters due to factors such as right-wing positioning on the coronavirus (COVID-19), anti-unionism, feuds with Democratic leaders and accusations of racism, as noted. by Axios.

All of these actions dampened progressive enthusiasm and a loss of love for Tesla and Musk. Considering that many buyers of Teslas are liberals, the automaker risks losing sales from its previously loyal customer base. As Witold Jerzy Henisz, an executive at the Wharton Political Risk Lab and professor of management at the University of Pennsylvania, has described, “There are a lot of downside risks. It is a risk for any business to alienate a substantial portion of its customer base, potential workforce and potential investors.

The actions of Elon Musk and Tesla that upset liberals

Elon Musk and Tesla Cybertruck | Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Here is a list of the many actions of Elon Musk and Tesla that have contributed to negative liberal sentiments:

  • Coronavirus vaccine mandates: While Musk claims to have received the coronavirus vaccine, he has frequently spoken out against vaccination mandates, which most liberals support (as well as most medical professionals and most of the general population) . Additionally, earlier in the pandemic, Musk fought to keep Tesla’s production facilities fully operational during stay-at-home orders.
  • Anti-union stance: Tesla workers aren’t unionized and Musk is taking an anti-union stance. This includes criticism of the United Auto Workers union. Additionally, “the National Labor Relations Board has accused Tesla of intimidating potential union organizers.”
  • Quarrels with the Democrats: Notoriously divisive Musk has had multiple feuds with prominent Democrats. This includes saying that President Joe Biden is “incapable of saying the word ‘Tesla’ and calling the president a ‘human-shaped puppet.'” Additionally, Musk had feuds with Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, two leaders darling progressives.
  • Moving Tesla to Texas: Last year, Musk announced the move of Tesla headquarters from the liberal stronghold of California to the more conservative Texas. He cited California’s “business environment, including its pandemic restrictions,” as contributing to the reasons for the decision.
  • Accusations of racism: Last week, California sued Tesla, accusing it of “enabling a racist work culture, slurs and discrimination.” Additionally, this week Musk tweeted, then deleted, a meme that compared Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Adolf Hitler, which drew a strong rebuke from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Environmental and human rights concerns about lithium-ion batteries

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In addition to the negative actions above, Tesla and Elon Musk may not be as environmentally friendly as previously thought. With their emission-free electric powertrains, electric vehicles are a greener alternative to gasoline-powered cars. However, lithium and cobalt mined for electric car batteries destroy the environment and violate human rights.

Much of the mining is in predominantly poor countries, such as Bolivia. Musk and Tesla were accused of trying to destabilize the Bolivian government to secure its vast lithium reserves when Musk tweeted, “We’ll do a coup with whoever we want. Go with it.”

Other EV automakers, such as Rivian, offer a Tesla alternative for liberals

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Another contributing factor to the liberals’ loss of love for Tesla and Elon Musk is that there are other brands of electric cars that offer an alternative to Tesla. This includes EV startups like Rivian and Lucid. In addition, most car manufacturers offer electric vehicles or will market them in the near future.

For liberal customers, Rivian could pose the biggest threat to Tesla. Rivian offers the award-winning R1T electric truck and the R1S electric SUV. Automaker EV effectively markets its products to outdoor enthusiasts. Additionally, Rivian makes environmental conversation and protection an important part of its mission. This includes the creation of the Rivian Forever Fund, which places 1% of Rivian’s capital in initiatives that fight climate change and preserve and restore ecosystems.

Despite all these developments and the lost love of liberals, Tesla vehicles are still selling very well. Compared to the previous year, “vehicle sales increased by 71% to 308,600 in the fourth quarter”. Tesla and Elon Musk’s political move to the right could eventually hurt sales. However, for now, Tesla is still the dominant automaker.

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