Elon Musk Tells California To Kiss IT, In A Big Way After Foul-Mouthed Assemblywoman Loses It
Tensions between Tesla manufacturer owner Elon Musk and the state of California have reached a boiling point. Musk called out the state's tedious lockdown measures for being unconstitutional. The business mogul and engineer has reportedly tried opening his Tesla plants back up, prepared to protect his employees, but the state has shuttered them closed.
Musk threatened to pull Tesla's headquarters out of the state:
"Frankly, this is the final straw," Musk tweeted. "Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately." His announcement came after Musk filed a lawsuit against Alameda County, accusing the county health department of overstepping federal and state coronavirus restrictions when it blocked the carmaker from restarting production at its factory in Fremont.
Tesla suspended production at its Fremont, California plant in mid-March in response to the accelerating outbreak. But while its first-quarter results were far from disastrous, with the company reporting a third consecutive quarter of profitability, Mr. Musk was nonetheless livid at what he saw as the brutality of obliging Americans to practice social distancing by staying in their homes.
“I would call it ‘forcibly imprisoning people in their homes’ against all their constitutional rights, in my opinion, and breaking people’s freedoms in ways that are horrible and wrong and not why people came to America or built this country,” said Mr Musk during Wednesday’s call, who has previously called fear of Covid-19 “dumb”."
Frankly, this is the final straw. Tesla will now move its HQ and future programs to Texas/Nevada immediately. If we even retain Fremont manufacturing activity at all, it will be dependen on how Tesla is treated in the future. Tesla is the last carmaker left in CA.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2020
Musk quickly became one of the many faces of resistance in the protest against forced lockdown measures. Which is likely fueled one triggered assemblywoman's reply to Musk's threat:
California Democratic Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez responded to Musk’s social media comments about how “the unelected & ignorant Interim Health Officer” of Alameda County is acting contrary to the governor, the president and the constitution, by tweeting, “F*ck Elon Musk.”
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 11, 2020
Tesla, as of 2019, employes 48,016 people worldwide, and about 10,000 of that are people in California. The state previously celebrated the environmentally friendly carmaker, but that relationship has since gone south and if Musk follows through, several of the state's residents will be left unemployed.