AOC Swaps Tesla for Union-Built EV Amidst Ongoing UAW Strikes

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shifts gears in response to union strikes, opting for a union-made electric vehicle.

In a recent turn of events, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, commonly known as AOC, announced her decision to part ways with her Tesla Model 3. This transition is in response to the ongoing strikes led by the United Auto Workers (UAW) union against automotive giants Ford, General Motors (GM), and Stellantis.

During a Sunday morning segment of CBS talk show Face the Nation, AOC disclosed her plan to replace her Tesla with an electric vehicle (EV) produced by union automakers. This decision underscores the intensifying strikes orchestrated by the UAW, now spanning across 20 U.S. states and impacting multiple automotive manufacturing facilities.

AOC stated on the show, “We’re actually looking into trading in our car now. So we’re looking into it and hopefully we will soon.”

When asked about the rationale behind swapping her Tesla Model 3, AOC elaborated that she had acquired the EV during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. Back then, union-made electric vehicles did not offer the required driving range for her commute from her New York City district to Washington D.C. However, she now acknowledges the existence of multiple union-built EVs capable of fulfilling her travel needs.

For those interested, AOC’s full Face the Nation interview with host Margaret Brennan is available for viewing on the CBS website.

During the approximately 16-minute conversation, AOC and Margaret Brennan delved into various subjects, including the potential for student loan forgiveness in the United States, AOC’s plans to support UAW strike actions at a GM facility in Missouri, aspirations for comprehensive immigration reform, and more.

It’s worth noting that AOC and Tesla CEO Elon Musk have engaged in public exchanges in the past, with the congresswoman even expressing her intent to leave the platform due to changes implemented under Musk’s leadership.

This announcement coincides with U.S. President Joe Biden’s declaration of his visit to Michigan in solidarity with the UAW-represented workers on strike. While Ford successfully averted further UAW strikes by meeting some of the union’s demands, more employees walked out of GM and Stellantis plants across the nation on Friday.

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