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Written by Nick Heer.

Elon Musk Said a Lot of Really Dumb Stuff This Week

Ryan Mac, reporting for Buzzfeed News on Tuesday:

After an 18-hour span on Twitter, in which he blocked at least one prominent doctor, exchanged tweets with a far-right influencer, and demanded that the US be set “FREE,” Tesla CEO Elon Musk did what he does best. He doubled down.

On a call with analysts and investors following the company’s quarterly earnings announcement, Musk bashed government officials and the Bay Area counties’ shelter-in-place orders, overshadowing what was otherwise a positive quarter for the electric car maker.

“The extension of the shelter in place or frankly I would call it ‘forcibly imprisoning people in their homes against all their constitutional rights’ — that’s my opinion — and breaking people’s freedoms in ways that are horrible and wrong and not why people came to America or built this country,” Musk said in response to a question from an analyst about the company’s liquidity. ”What the fuck? Excuse me. Outrage. It’s an outrage.”

That was Tuesday and Wednesday; today, Musk decided to end his week on a similar note. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica:

Tesla’s stock is down sharply in Friday trading. One likely reason for that: CEO Elon Musk tweeted that “Tesla stock price is too high imo.”

Randall Colburn, AV Club:

Musk, mouth dripping with bong juice, also announced that he will be “selling almost all physical possessions” — the farting unicorn mug, too? — as well as his house, which apparently used to belong to Gene Wilder. “It cannot be torn down or lose any its soul [sic],” he continues, meaning Wilder’s ghost has absolutely threatened to haunt his ass should anything happen to it. Musk says he will now devote himself to “Mars and Earth,” to which we say, please, go to Mars, there’s no Twitter there.

In between these cringeworthy tweets, NASA announced that Musk’s space exploration company, SpaceX, was one of three private companies that would be producing a lunar lander, and I am sure they are delighted by all of the attention he’s getting.