Evangelist Franklin Graham has expressed his support for Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s decision to reopen a California manufacturing plant despite local shelter-in-place rules.
The head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse took to his official Facebook page on Monday to voice his opinion on the decision.
“I don’t know Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, but I like that he’s standing up for his rights, which are your rights too,” wrote Graham.
“He’s been trying to get his car manufacturing plant in California opened back up and get his employees back to work, but the bureaucrats want to keep him shut down even when his competitors in other parts of the country are able to go back to work.”
Graham commended the 48-year-old engineer and entrepreneur on his stance, noting that the Tesla head “is not afraid to defy these overreaching officials, and he’s opening up anyway.”
“I like his stand!” concluded Graham. “I think the majority of Americans agree that it’s time to get the country opened back up, as long as it’s done with caution — don’t you?”
On Monday, Musk announced on his Twitter account that he was planning to reopen a plant in Fremont, California, despite not receiving authorization from local officials who’ve ordered most businesses to remain closed as part of the state’s response to COVID-19.
“Tesla is restarting production today against Alameda County rules,” Musk tweeted. “I will be on the line with everyone else. If anyone is arrested, I ask that it only be me.”
In response, Alameda County released a statement saying officials learned that the electric vehicle manufacturer “had opened beyond Minimum Basic Operations.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski