California lawmaker Lorena Gonzalez condemned Elon Musk for going forward with reopening production in Tesla’s Alameda County facility, defying orders to stem coronavirus spread.
Musk has threatened to move Tesla’s headquarters and possibly manufacturing facilities out of California.
Gonzalez said it’s unacceptable for Musk to react the way he has since Tesla’s partnership with the state has provided a lot of benefits for the company.
“For a company that has received billions of dollars — that’s with a ‘B,’ billions of dollars — of taxpayer subsidies to partner with our state to throw this kind of temper tantrum… it’s just unacceptable at some point,” she said.
Gonzalez added, “I think we should all be outraged that a billionaire who has gotten so much from their partnership in California, but continues to put workers in unsafe positions, continues to union bust, continues to wave his middle finger at California.”
Gonzalez also criticized President Trump and officials in his administration, who have come out in support of Musk.
“He’s talking about something he’s nowhere near. He can’t control a coronavirus outbreak in the White House, how are we to be sure that all of these workers aren’t going to be exposed in the manufacturing plant in the county ” she said, alluding to White House staffers who have tested positive for coronavirus.
Gonzalez has been critical of Musk’s actions for days now and even tweeted this on Saturday: