Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed in a recent interview with Time Magazine that he stands in opposition to vaccine mandates.
“I am against forcing people to be vaccinated,” said the Elon Musk who was named Time Magazine Person of the Year for 2021.
Musk admitted that he and his family are vaccinated against Covid-19, however he clarified he believes one’s healthcare decision should be made privately, and not forced by the government.
“You know, I think this is just not something we should in America,” stated Musk. The galactic adventurer, however, made clear that he is not against the use of vaccines and believes that “We should encourage people to be vaccinated.”
Following, Musk reaffirmed his position that people should not be “forced,” to get inoculated or given the ultimatum to either comply or “get fired.”
This challenge to vaccine mandates is not the first time the electric pioneer has publicly disagreed with policies of the Biden administration. Speaking with Wall Street CEO, Council Summit, Musk took issue with Biden’s “Build Back Better” infrastructure bill.
“Honestly, I would just can this whole bill. Don’t pass it. That’s my recommendation,” said Musk. If passed, the $1.2 trillion bill would decrease increase inflation, the national debt, and implement growth killing regulations against the energy and fossil fuel industries.
Touching on the dangers of government not having a balanced budget, “If we don’t cut government spending, something really bad is going to happen,” said Musk.
The feud between the Biden administration and Elon Musk has been ongoing over the span of this year.
In August, the Tesla CEO from was excluded from attending an electric vehicle summit hosted by the Biden administration. Present were executives from Ford, General Motors, Chrysler’s parent company, Stellantis. Considering that Tesla is the most American made electric vehicle, the puzzling act prompted Musk to tweet, “Yeah, seems odd that Tesla wasn’t invited.”
Two months after the exclusion from the summit, Musk announced that he was moving the Tesla headquarters from Fremont, Calif., to Austin, Texas. Referencing the high cost of living in California as a reason for the relocation, “It’s tough for people to afford houses and a lot of people have to come in from far away,” added Musk.
Given the political fault lines between Democrats and the world’s richest man, public disagreements are sure to continue.