Elon Musk: "Free America Now"
Elon Musk (Credit: Getty Images, Feature CBS)
Tesla CEO Elon Musk railed against what he called "fascist" social distancing measures on an earnings call Wednesday. In an expletive-laden rant, Musk warned that shelter-in-place orders in California, where a major Tesla factory is located, also pose a "serious risk" to the company.
"If somebody wants to stay in their house, that's great," Musk said, according to a recorded phone call,
"They can stay in their house and they should not be compelled to leave. But to say that they cannot leave their house and they will be arrested if they do, this is fascist. This is not democratic, this is not freedom. Give people back their g**d*** freedom."
The Famed CEO also turned to twitter referencing the call.
Musk didn't stop there - he went on to applaud Texas on its re-opening tweeting:
It is good to see some some silicon valley tech giants voice what the shutdowns are doing to their companies. This comes in light of Tesla's high earnings announcement yesterday. Despite the pandemic, they are on track to still complete their 2020 sales goals - if they open their factories.