Elon Musk Calls On Public to 'Take the Red Pill'
Tech billionaire appears to urge followers to abandon leftism and turn conservative
Tech billionaire Elon Musk has called on the public to "take the red pill" in the latest signal he is tired of the liberal government in his home state of California.
Musk, CEO of Tesla and Space-X, appeared to be urging his millions of followers to abandon leftism and embrace conservativism with his cryptic Sunday morning tweet.
The entrepreneur has emerged as a champion of defying stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic.
He further stirred the pot on Sunday by tweeting "Take the red pill" to his 34 million followers.
Take the red pill 🌹— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 17, 2020
The tweet is a reference to a scene from the film “The Matrix,” where the hero, Neo, is offered a choice between a red pill and a blue pill; the red pill would let him see reality by freeing him from a dream-world imposed on humanity.
The "red or blue" pill idea has recently taken on new meaning, with some conservatives averring that a former liberal takes the "red pill" when they "wake up" to leftism and embrace conservative philosophy.
A Fox News opinion piece explained the "red pill" theory in 2017:
The mainstream media failed to see the rise of Donald Trump in 2016.
Now it’s overlooking another grassroots movement that may soon be of equal significance— the growing number of liberals “taking the red pill.”
People of all ages and ethnicities are posting YouTube videos describing “red pill moments”—personal awakenings that have caused them to reject leftist narratives imbibed since childhood from friends, teachers, and the news and entertainment media.
Some followers saw Musk's tweet as a sign he is pushing for the conservative cause.
Adviser to the president and first daughter, Ivanka Trump, later retweeted it, adding the word: “Taken!”
Taken! https://t.co/Ng0S2OFC93— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 17, 2020
Musk has been vocally critical of government shutdown policies during the global pandemic recently, reopening Tesla's California plant in defiance of local restrictions there last week.
Tesla's factory reopened Monday with Musk practically daring local law enforcement to arrest him.
The plant apparently continued operations on Tuesday.
Officials backed off Wednesday and announced that the move would be okay, as long as the company followed previously agreed-upon worker safety precautions.
Tesla had a plan to maintain worker safety, including wearing gloves and masks, installing barriers between workers, and maintaining social distancing, executives said.
The company also reportedly agreed to check workers' temperatures before they entered the facility.
Tesla's workers have not had a union.
Musk, whose company had sued Alameda County to try overturning the order, also threatened to move Tesla’s facility out of the state.
The plant in Fremont, a city of more than 230,000 people southeast of San Francisco, had been closed since March 23. It has employed about 10,000 workers.
Many public health experts have credited the stay-at-home orders with slowing the spread of novel coronavirus, helping hospitals handle the influx of cases.
Alameda County was among six San Francisco Bay Area counties that were the first in the nation to impose stay-at-home orders in mid-March.