Elon Musk is at the center of the controversy again, and this time he’s campaigning to reopen businesses across the country. While the country continues to struggle with the coronavirus, Iowa and Texas, among others, have announced plans to ease social distancing restrictions on Friday, May 1.
Tesla boss Musk seems to be fully behind the idea and fired a controversial tweet on Tuesday evening.
“FREE AMERICA NOW,” he wrote minutes after congratulating Texas on announcing that businesses can reopen on Friday.
Last month, Musk made headlines when he called the response to the virus “stupid”. Then on March 19, he suggested that COVID-19 cases in America would decrease by the end of April. The number has obviously grown and will continue to do so. There are currently 1,049,431 confirmed cases and 60,640 deaths in the United States.
In response to a tweet, Musk called for companies to “reopen with due diligence and adequate protection,” but also complained that Americans are “de facto under house arrest.” His tweets didn’t arrive too long after Tesla had to postpone the originally planned reopening of its factory in Fremont, California. Understandably, Musk drew a lot of attention with the criticized tweet, but also received praise from right-wing users on Twitter.
As a billionaire, Musk can certainly find something to keep himself occupied as he is under “de facto house arrest”. Read the reactions to his tweet below.