Elon Musk Tweets 'Vote Them Out' After Slamming Joe Biden As 'Sock Puppet'

Elon Musk slammed President Joe Biden on Thursday and appeared to suggest Americans should vote Democrats out of office because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The chief executive of electric car company Tesla was initially reacting to a meeting Biden had with others, including from carmakers Ford and GM, at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the proposed $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act.

Biden's official Twitter account posted a tweet with a video from the meeting and made reference to the production of electrical vehicles in the U.S., leading Musk to reply.

The tweet said: "Companies like GM and Ford are building more electric vehicles here at home than ever before."

Musk replied: "Starts with a T Ends with an A
ESL in the middle."

Musk later replied to another Twitter user who had commented on the president's tweeting, saying: "Biden is a damp [sock emoji] puppet in human form."

The Tesla CEO later responded to another tweet featuring Biden's comments and wrote: "Biden is treating the American public like fools."

Musk also responded to a number of tweets about restrictions imposed due to the pandemic, giving a thumbs up to a tweet about Denmark lifting restrictions, and reacted with a "100" to a tweet from a medical doctor who said he was in favor of the vaccines but opposed vaccine mandates.

Musk praised Canadian truckers who are planning to shut down central Ottawa on Friday in protest against a government vaccine mandate

"Canadian truckers rule," he wrote.

One Twitter user responded to Musk's post about the truckers, saying "government overreach is getting out of control."

Musk replied: "Freedom is being stripped away one piece at a time until it is gone."

The Tesla CEO retweeted a meme from The Lord of the Rings that criticized governments over COVID restrictions, and suggested they would seek to keep emergency measures introduced during the pandemic.

"If you scare people enough, they will demand removal of freedom. This is the path to tyranny," Musk said in a subsequent tweet.

One user asked Musk how they could "fight back" and he replied simply: "Vote them out."

Musk has offered strong criticism of the Biden administration in the past and has particularly taken aim the Build Back Better Act, a central part of Biden's agenda that has stalled in the Senate.

"Honestly, I would just can this whole bill. Don't pass it," Musk said at the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council in December. "That's my recommendation."

Musk, the world's richest person with a net wealth of about $243 billion, has previously fallen out with Democrat politicians in California over their COVID response.

Last fall, the Tesla chief moved his company's headquarters from the Golden State to Texas, which is known for cheaper labour, less stringent regulation, and lower taxes.

Musk has previously said he pays about $11 billion in taxes a year, but Democrat leaders have repeatedly questioned his tax arrangements. Biden's hopes of increasing taxes on the ultra-rich have so far stalled in Congress.

Composite Image Shows Musk and Biden
A composite photo shows Tesla CEO Elon Musk and President Joe Biden. Musk has criticized Biden on Twitter, calling him a "puppet." Getty Images