Elon Musk Defies California County Order to Reopen Car Plant

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Posted: May 12, 2020 8:10 AM
Elon Musk Defies California County Order to Reopen Car Plant

Source: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File

Tesla CEO and Founder Elon Musk defied a California county’s order against manufacturing on Monday and reopened its electric car plant.

“Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules. I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me,” he tweeted. 

Musk explained that while California officials said Tesla could operate, an “unelected county official illegally overrode” that decision. 

“All other auto companies in US are approved to resume. Only Tesla has been singled out,” he added. “This is super messed up!”

Conservatives praised Musk's decision. 

"This is what principled civil disobedience looks like. And what leadership looks like," author and radio host Eric Metaxas said on Twitter. "Thank you @elonmusk."

Franklin Graham, meanwhile, said that while he doesn't know Musk personally, he likes "that he’s standing up for his rights, which are your rights too. He’s been trying to get his CA @Tesla manufacturing plant opened back up & his employees back to work, but bureaucrats want to keep him shut down."

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