Ocasio-Cortez said she was considering ditching her Tesla for an electric vehicle made by union workers.
The remark comes after a frosty Twitter exchange with Musk in which she suggested he had “ego issues”.
Musk has angered liberals over suggestions that he would roll back Twitter’s content moderation policies and vote Republican.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she was considering getting rid of her Tesla, the remark following a frosty exchange on Twitter with Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
The New York Democrat, who has championed the “Green New Deal” to fight climate change and renew the economy, told Bloomberg she wanted an electric vehicle made by a company that allowed employees to unionize.
“He’s a billionaire. I don’t care what he thinks,” Ocasio-Cortez told the outlet.
She said that in 2020 she bought a Tesla Model 3 to commute between her Bronx and Queens district and Washington, DC.
“At the time, it was the only electric vehicle that could get me from New York to Washington on one or one and a half charges,” she said. “I would like to change.”
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in late April, “Tired of having to collectively dwell on the hate crime explosion that’s happening because a billionaire with an ego problem unilaterally controls a massive communications platform.”
“Stop flirting with me, I’m really shy,” Musk replied.
Ocasio-Cortez first said she was referring to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, but later deleted the tweet. Then she reposted a screenshot of the exchange, adding, “Like I said, ego issues.”
Musk has drawn criticism from some liberals in recent weeks over suggestions he would roll back Twitter’s content moderation policies if his $44 billion takeover bid for the platform succeeds.
At a recent conference, Musk also said he would vote Republican, having voted Democrat in the recent election, saying he opposes Democratic views on restricting free speech.
Musk has competed with progressives like Ocasio-Cortez and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, but he might bite the hand that feeds him because Tesla owners are mostly Democrats.
Surveys have long shown that owners of electric vehicles such as Teslas are more likely to be Democrats, although transportation news site Electrek recently reported that the brand is also increasingly appealing to Republicans.
Musk’s recent move to woo Republicans and engage in partisan arguments online could also alienate some of Tesla’s top consumers and Democratic lawmakers who have backed the company, Forbes reported.
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