In the podcast, Musk argues that instead of washing away home orders to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, “anyone at risk should be quarantined until the storm passes.”
When Swisher faced Musk with the possibility that people might die in the process,, he replied bluntly, “Everyone is dying.”
“The question is what, for balance, serves the better,” Musk continued, adding that the blockades have not achieved this and the pandemic is a “non-profit situation.”
If one of his workers tells him that coming to work will put their family at risk, Musk will say he will just tell them to “stay home.”
He declined to say whether he would feel obliged to pay them. When Swisher pressed, Musk stood up, threatening to end the interview. “Let’s just keep going … Kara, I don’t want to get into a debate about Kovid, this situation … If you want to end the podcast now, we can do it.”
“Elon’s positioning is to maintain a high level of scandalous comments,” Gates said. “He doesn’t do a lot of vaccines. He makes a great electric car. And his rockets work well. So he’s allowed to say these things. I hope he doesn’t confuse areas where he’s not involved too much.”
Musk responded to the podcast in his typically rude way: “It’s like, hey, knuckle, we’re actually making vaccine machines for CureVac, this company you invested in.”
It’s not the first time Musk has criticized Microsoft’s co-founder.