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Biden’s Praise for GM Overlooks Tesla’s Actual EV Leadership

The president lauded the wrong electric-car maker last week.

President Biden visits GM’s electric-vehicle assembly plant in Detroit.

President Biden visits GM’s electric-vehicle assembly plant in Detroit.

Photographer: Emily Elconin/Bloomberg
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In August, President Joe Biden invited Detroit automakers to the White House lawn to promote electric vehicles. Tesla wasn’t included. The snub was noticeable, but I get it — Biden is a big union ally; organized labor is absent from Tesla’s U.S. factories; Michigan is a critical swing state that Biden won in 2020 and will need to win again if he seeks reelection.