Everything is bigger in Texas, and Elon Musk’s newest Tesla factory is no exception. Musk is the freedom fighter we never knew we needed, and he’s ditching California’s liberal hellscape to build his newest plant in the Lone Star State. President Trump couldn’t be happier, as the move aligns with his “Made in the USA” and “America First” values.
In response to the news of Musk’s official move on Friday, President Trump tweeted a message of resounding approval to the Tesla inventor. Praising the move, Trump said, “Great job by @elonmusk in agreeing to build, in TEXAS, what is expected to be the largest auto plant anywhere in the world. He kept his word to me. Texas & @Tesla are big winner. MADE IN THE USA!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2020
Trump’s comments came after Musk’s Wednesday announcement that he would be building the Tesla Cybertruck “Gigafactory” in Austin, Texas. The factory is expected to create 5,000 jobs with an average salary of about $47,147.
Adding a modern twist, the $1 billion dollar plant will be open to the public. According to Musk, “It’s going to basically be an ecological paradise. Birds in the trees, butterflies, fish in the stream,” he said. It’s not going to be some eyesore of a factory, rather it’s going to bring aesthetic value to Austin’s communities.
Musk’s decision was reportedly influenced by President Trump’s requests to increase manufacturing in America, as well as Texas’ freer way of doing business. The Verge reported that earlier this month the city of Austin granted Tesla tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks to incentivize them to build the plant there.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott expressed his enthusiastic support of the decision, stating, “Tesla picks Texas for its Cybertruck factory. Thanks to @elonmusk & @Tesla for embracing our great state. The Gigafactory will employ thousands of Texans & be a cornerstone for next generation innovation. It’s been fun to get to know you. Welcome to Texas.”
Tesla picks Texas for its Cybertruck factory.
The Gigafactory will employee thousands of Texans & be a cornerstone for next generation innovation.
It’s been fun to get to know you.
Welcome to Texas. pic.twitter.com/PsnfaEUHaz
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 22, 2020
Abbott celebrated Musk for choosing Austin, after the tech mogul had reportedly been closely comparing it with Tulsa, Oklahoma – which Musk said he will still strongly consider for future factories.
This is great news for America, as Elon Musk is setting the example for other manufacturers in keeping business at home, working with the President, and supporting Red states.
Remember that during the pandemic, Musk was publicly critical of tyrannical, draconian measures to keep Americans locked down. In a spat with the state of California, which ordered his Bay Area headquarters to stop production, he went to work at the factory himself and boldly dared the state to arrest him.
As an immigrant himself who pursued the American dream and achieved it, he refuses to stand by and watch our freedoms be stripped away from us because of a virus. Now with his new plant, he’s putting his money where his mouth is and investing in traditionally free states like Texas (and possibly Oklahoma) in the future. Maybe this will inspire other companies that are sick of excessive taxes in liberal states to make similar America-first moves.