Sarah Palin apparently doesn’t mean too much to Elon Musk.
Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, has run into some criticism from conservatives for his company’s electric car. The government-backed Tesla reportedly has some expensive battery problems that costs the car owner $40,000 to repair.
The situation has led to criticism from the business world and some politicians, including former vice presidential candidate and onetime Alaska governor Sarah Palin. In a Facebook post that attacked Tesla Motors as well as Fisker Automotive, which announced it was laying off three-quarters of its employees despite getting $200 million from the Department of Energy.
“Once again, the American public lost when the Obama administration attempted to pick ‘winners and losers’ in the free market,” Palin wrote.
Sarah Palin ripped into Fisker Automotive and also knocked Elon Musk’s company, writing: “This losing tax-subsidized venture joins other past losers like the Obama-subsidized Volt that gets 40 miles per battery charge, or like the Obama-subsidized Tesla that turns into a ‘brick’ when the battery completely discharges and then costs $40,000 to repair.
“This is really just the latest manifestation of the administration’s crony capitalism as their green energy buddies benefit from this atrocious waste of taxpayer money. Americans really need to get outraged by these wasteful ventures. As we’ve seen time and time again, We the People are always stuck subsidizing the left’s ‘losers.’ “
Sarah Palin and her Facebook rant didn’t mean much to Elon Musk. In a sarcastic tweet Musk responded to Palin’s claims.
Sarah Palin calls Tesla a loser. Am deeply wounded. rawstory.com/rs/2013/04/07/…Btw, Model S warranty does cover “bricking”.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 8, 2013
Sarah Palin and other conservatives been a target of Elon Musk before. When the Tesla Model S was named Motor Trend‘s Car of the Year back in November, he reminded everyone that Mitt Romney once said the government’s investment in Tesla was a “loser.”
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