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Elon Musk says it’s time to ‘free America’ from lockdowns

Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk is no stranger when it comes to getting on Twitter to express his feelings about a subject he cares about. And the latest subject to get the Musk Twitter treatment is the ongoing coronavirus-related societal lockdowns across California and the country.

Elon Musk wants to set you free, America.

The CEO of Tesla is no stranger to using Twitter to express his feelings. His latest Twitter missive is about the ongoing coronavirus-related lockdowns across California and the country.

“FREE AMERICA NOW” tweeted Musk late Tuesday, the most recent in a series of his tweets this week on the various stay-at-home orders.

Musk, who’s been pushing to reopen the Tesla manufacturing plant in Fremont, was perhaps tweaked by news that the counties around the San Francisco Bay Area had extended shelter-in-place rules to the end of May.

Those orders have closed many non-essential businesses since March. Tesla had been planning on bringing employees in some production areas back to work Wednesday, but then reversed course and canceled that plan.

Musk sounded even more emphatic when he tweeted out a link to a Wall Street Journal opinion piece authored by former Cypress Semiconductor CEO T.J. Rodgers that questioned whether lockdowns related to coronavirus actually end up saving people’s lives.

“Give people their freedom back!” tweeted Musk, along with a link to Rodgers’ Journal article that included a photo of an Iowa movie theater closed due to coronavirus.

Musk also took a shot at Silicon Valley, sarcastically suggesting a new name for the famously liberal tech hub.

“Silicon Valley has become Sanctimonious Valley,” tweeted Musk, who then said the area was “Too much the moral arbiter of the world.”

This isn’t the first time Musk has gone on a tweetstorm about coronavirus. In March, he tweeted that the coronavirus panic was “dumb” and he thought there would be almost no new coronavirus cases in the U.S. by the end of April.

As of Wednesday, the U.S. has more than 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases, with more than 58,000 deaths from the disease.

Tesla didn’t respond to a request for comment about Musk’s latest tweets. The company is scheduled to report its first-quarter results after the close of stock market trading on Wednesday.