Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk blasted the current shelter-in-place orders in a Wednesday conference call following the company’s first-quarter earnings. Musk also made his opinion known in a series of tweets sent on Wednesday (see below). “If somebody wants to stay in their house, that’s great,” Musk said. “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.”
ELON MUSK, CEO OF TELSA, SPACEX: I think, it’s high time we invested in infrastructure in this country. We have a lot of a crumbling highways and bridges. And frankly, when I visit China, I see their infrastructure as being much better than ours. It’s great. Europe has better infrastructure. It’s really quite sad that U.S. infrastructure especially it’s roads and highways is where it is today. And our airports, in a lot of cases, are an embarrassment. So — and it’s not just a question of money. It’s a question of will. Sometimes, we spend a lot of money on these things, but what are we gaining for it? So — and yeah, we really need to be thinking about what is the transportation of the future, not the transportation of the past. If this was 1920, do you want to be investing in steam engines or in commercial engines? Obviously that’s not steam engines. So this is the time to think about the future and also to ask, is it right to infringe upon people’s rights, as what is happening right now. I think the people are going to be very angry about this and are very angry, because somebody should really — if somebody wants to stay in their 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. People back they’ve gotten their freedom.
$TSLA CEO @elonmusk blasts shelter in place orders: 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 god damn freedom.
– Phil LeBeau (@Lebeaucarnews) April 29, 2020