During a Tesla earnings call Wednesday, CEO Elon Musk went into a tirade calling the shelter-in-place orders across the United States “fascist” actions that are robbing the American people of their freedom.
After Musk said his company was “a bit worried about not being able to resume production in the Bay Area,” he went on a rant concerning the expansion of the shelter-in-place orders affecting six Bay Area counties through May 31.
“The expansion of shelter-in-place, or as we call it, forcibly imprisoning people in their homes, against all their constitutional rights, is, in my opinion, breaking people’s freedoms in ways that are horrible and wrong, and not why people came to America and built this country,” Musk said. “If somebody wants to stay in the house that’s great. They should be allowed to stay in the 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.”
Musk has been unapologetic in his criticism of the safety measures put in place during the coronavirus pandemic. Thursday night he tweeted “Free American Now” and “Give people their freedom back!” He has also suggested that doctors are inflating case numbers for financial reasons and compared the coronavirus outbreak to the common cold.