Tesla CEO Elon Musk on Friday suggested that his decision to move the automaker's headquarters from Fremont, California, to Austin, Texas, was inspired by a Democratic assemblywoman who tweeted, "F--k Elon Musk," in 2020.
Musk made the announcement Thursday during a shareholder meeting, citing affordability, space and convenience as some of the reasons behind the move, adding that Tesla will also continue to expand in California.
On Friday, the billionaire engineer responded to an article from Tesla news website Tesmanian.com titled, "Tesla Moved its HQ to Texas Following Explicit Offer from California Assemblywoman," saying, "Exactly."
Musk has been hinting at the move since May of 2020, when COVID-19 restrictions temporarily shut down Tesla's operations in Fremont. He called the restrictions "fascist," prompting harsh words from a Democratic state assemblywoman.