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California Lawmaker: 'F*ck Elon Musk.' The Tesla Founder's Reply Was Priceless

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, urges lawmakers to approve her measure to give new wage and benefit protections at the so-called gig economy companies like Uber and Lyft, during the Assembly session in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. Gonzalez' bill AB5, was approved and now goes to the governor, who has said he supports it. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California Assemblycritter Lorena Gonzalez, the San Diego Democrat best known as the author of the job-killing AB5 legislation, had a simple message for Tesla founder Elon Musk.

The California-based electric automaker has had a good run lately, ramping up to volume production of somewhat more affordably-priced cars, and finally realizing profits on the strength of Model 3 sales. But as you may have already read, Musk has been frustrated with California’s Wuhan virus lockdown. Just as his company is starting to do what he set out to accomplish, his Fremont plant has been shuttered.

As PJMedia’s own Bryan Preston noted on Saturday, “Musk has called the shutdown and lockdown orders fascist and has become increasingly public in opposing them.”

Gonzalez is a wholly-owned subsidiary of California’s labor organizations who would happily destroy a million jobs if it would create just one more labor position. As if AB5 weren’t bad enough, Gonzalez’s R-rated tweet might have put Musk over the edge on whether to move Tesla out of California. On Saturday, Musk let it be known — via Twitter, naturally — that Alameda County’s “Interim Health Officer” was… well, read it yourself.

Just a couple hours later is when Gonzalez tweeted “F*ck Elon Musk.”

Musk’s pitch-perfect reply came on Sunday evening:

It remains to be seen whether the notoriously mercurial Musk will actually follow through on his threat to move Tesla’s HQ and future operations to Texas and Nevada, much less close down the Fremont plant and move it elsewhere, too. But if he does, he’ll get a lot of support from people frustrated with Gonzalez and her job-killing ways.

California has in the last two decades chased the middle class out of the state through a combination of small-business killing regulations and unaffordable housing. Now they’re killing off the gig economy and much of the creative industries like live music with AB5. Still not satisfied, Gonzalez seems determined to personally kill off the last remnant of California’s auto industry. The result — California is home to 1 in 9 Americans but 1 in 3 welfare cases — speaks for itself.

Gonzalez claims to be a friend of the workingman. What a shame that thanks to her and her party there are so few of them left.