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Whataboutism is “X isn’t bad because Y is worse/also bad”.

Parent was saying “X will probably be bad because similar Y was bad in the same dimension (here, overpromising)”.

Maybe not a solid argument, but it isn’t whataboutism.

Edit: Never mind, it looks like I misread the parent's point, and he was saying that it's no big deal to promise something without being sure you can deliver because the Big Three did it with pensions.

You've used different phrasing to say the same thing.

On second thought, I misread the argument, and I agree it's whataboutism. See edit. (However, if my misreading had been correct, it wouldn't have been whataboutism, as it would be a prediction that Tesla would also be bad.)

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