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Elon Musk Blasts Lockdown Measures, Says “Free America Now”


Thank God President Trump isn’t the only person itching for American businesses to reopen.

In a series of late-night tweets yesterday, Elon Musk called for the government to start removing restrictions due to the COVID pandemic.

Musk has the right idea. Americans need to get back to work.

Most of us have been quarantined for over a month now. It’s time to reverse the process and prevent further damage to our economy.

Here’s Musk’s tweets demanding businessed be allowed to reopen. He even points out that hospitalizations due to COVID have drastically fallen short of previous estimates:

Newsweek has the latest on Musk's tweets:

Elon Musk has clearly had enough of the lockdowns being advised by experts to limit the spread of COVID-19, writing on Twitter today: "FREE AMERICA NOW."

The Tesla boss vented his frustrations while praising Texas Governor Greg Abbott's plans to reopen some businesses in the state from Friday and sharing a newspaper op-ed with the caption: "Give people their freedom back!"

In response to one Twitter comment, Musk wrote: "Reopen with care and appropriate protection, but don't put everyone under de facto house arrest."

The outspoken billionaire, who frequently uses the social network to voice his personal opinions, blasted the nationwide lockdowns after it surfaced that Tesla had been forced to scrap plans to recall workers and resume production at its Fremont, California, plant this week, as officials extended health orders on Monday, as reported by CNBC.

It's unclear if that is what sparked Musk's Twitter comments.

Twitter quickly rode to Musk's defense and many agreed with his demands to start the reopening process:

Musk elaborated on his tweets during Tesla earnings call. He rightfully pointed out that by forcing people to remain in their homes, the government has essentially wiped away our Constitutional rights.

More on Musk's comments from Fox Business:

Elon Musk summed up his feeling and "outrage" about the government-mandated U.S. coronavirus closings and restrictions every American is dealing with as "fascist" during a cuss-filled rant on the company's earnings call Wednesday evening.

"The extent of shelter in place or frankly what I would call it forcibly imprisoning people in their homes is against all their constitutional rights...and erasing peoples freedoms in ways that are horrible and wrong and not why people came to America or built this country, what the f--k," Musk lamented before excusing himself for the curse. "It will cause great harm not just to Tesla but to many companies and while Tesla will weather the storm, there are many small companies that will not" he warned. "Everything that people worked for their whole life is being destroyed in real-time."

An order in the six-county San Francisco Bay Area, where the carmaker conducts the bulk of its production, forced Tesla to close that plant starting March 23 to help prevent the virus's spread, and it was extended until the end of May.

Musk was fired up earlier in the day, tweeting 'FREE AMERICA NOW'...

That prompted Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn to fire off her own rebuttal bashing the billionaire.

"Billionaires want to continue profiting off your labor even if it means risking millions of lives," Omar wrote. "They call this 'freedom.'"

Musk sounded off even though Tesla managed to produce its third straight quarterly profit, navigating the negative impact the coronavirus closings are having on other industries.

Still, profits on an adjusted basis came in at $1.24 per share, beating Wall Street's expectations for a loss. Total revenues were $5.9 billion.


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