Tesla Reopens Factory In Defiance Of CA County Orders, Musk Says If Anyone Is Arrested, It Should Be Only Him

Politico reports:

Tesla defied San Francisco Bay Area health officials on Monday by reopening a factory during an escalating standoff over a stay-at-home order that kept the plant closed.

The rebellion by the globally recognized electric automaker underscores the competing pressures on elected officials to reopen the economy. Rising calls for officials to restart commerce are competing with warnings from Gov. Gavin Newsom and health officials that going too far too fast risks a resurgence of the virus.

But no business owner has been as brash and combative as Tesla CEO Elon Musk. After calling the stay-at-home order “fascist” last month, Musk this weekend threatened to leave the state for Texas or Nevada and announced Tesla would sue county officials for ordering the idled plant to stay closed.

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