The Tesla chief executive did not mince words on a Wednesday conference call following the company's surprise first-quarter profit when he said Tesla's forced factory shutdowns were a "serious risk" to the electric-car maker's business.
"Frankly, I would call it forcible imprisoning of people in their homes against all of, their constitutional rights, in my opinion," he said. "It's breaking people's freedoms in ways that are horrible and wrong and not why they came to America or built this country. What the f---. Excuse me. Outrage. Outrage."
Back on March 6, as the US first began reporting cases within its borders, the billionaire first said panic about the coronavirus "is dumb." Known US cases now top 1 million. On Tuesday, he ratcheted up his complaints on Twitter, urging leaders to "FREE AMERICA NOW" and praising Texas' plan to relax rules starting Friday.