Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) said she wants to give up her Tesla, one month after getting into an online spat with Elon Musk on Twitter.
She said the move would be to support a manufacturer that allowed workers to unionize.
The Tesla CEO this year has drawn the ire of progressives after announcing his bid to take over Twitter with a view to restoring free speech on a platform that he described as having “a very far-left bias.” Musk has also vowed to stop what he calls “woke mind virus.”
“He’s a billionaire. I could care less what he thinks,” Ocasio-Cortez told the outlet. The Epoch Times has reached out to her office for comment.
Her remarks came after a Twitter dispute with Musk a month ago, when she took a swipe at the CEO over his plans to buy the social media platform, calling him "some billionaire with an ego problem," without specifically naming Musk.
“Tired of having to collectively stress about what explosion of hate crimes is happening bc [sic] some billionaire with an ego problem unilaterally controls a massive communication platform and skews it because Tucker Carlson or Peter Thiel took him to dinner and made him feel special,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in late April.
“Stop hitting on me, I'm really shy,” Musk wrote in response, followed by a blushing smiley face emoji.
The New York representative initially reacted to the CEO in a now-deleted message claiming she was referring to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, but later deleted it and reposted a screenshot of the exchange, adding: “Like I said, ego problems.”
Musk’s comments appeared to be in reference to a string of Twitter posts Ocasio-Cortez shared back in December in which she claimed that her Republican detractors were “mad” because they wanted to date her.
“If Republicans are mad they can’t date me they can just say that instead of projecting their sexual frustrations onto my boyfriend’s feet,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a post.
Yet such a divide is much narrower regarding Tesla. As of April, there was only a 2 percentage point gap between Democrats and Republicans for buyers considering a Tesla.
Other Democrats who own Tesla cars, according to Bloomberg, include Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.), and Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-N.J.).