Elon Musk and Roger Ver Say That It Is Time to End the COVID-19 Lockdowns

  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk called the sweeping stay-at-home restrictions "fascist" and not democratic.
  • Roger Ver, chairman of Bitcoin.com, argued people should have the right to choose whether they quarantine. 

Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk and Bitcoin.com chairman Roger Ver have both called for an end to the COVID-19 economic lockdown. 

According to a report by Reuters on April 29, Musk called the U.S. government’s sweeping, stay-at-home restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic “fascist.” Speaking in a conference call, Musk told shareholders he did not know when Tesla would be allowed to resume production in California and called the stay-at-home order a “serious risk” to the business. 

He said, 

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 goddamn freedom!

The Tesla CEO pinned a tweet to his personal Twitter account saying “FREE AMERICA NOW.”

Roger Ver, chairman of Bitcoin.com, also voiced his displeasure with the lockdown policies. Speaking at Virtual Blockchain Week, Ver argued people should have the right to decide whether they stay in quarantine. 

He said, 

I think the lockdown needs to come to an end, right now, today. If you want to lock yourself down, more power to you, feel free, have at it. But for the rest of us that want to live our lives, we should be able to do that too.

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