Elon Musk brings back Trump’s Twitter account

  • Elon Musk resurrected former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account on Saturday.
  • Musk polled Twitter users on whether to bring the account back, with 51% of respondents voting yes.
  • Trump was banned after the January 6 Capitol riot, but Musk said he would “overturn the permaban.”

Elon Musk resurrected former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account on Saturday. The billionaire owner of Twitter had put the question to his followers in a poll.

“The people have spoken. Trump will be restored. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk wrote in a tweet, using a Latin phrase that translates to “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”

The announcement came a day after Musk polled his followers with a simple exhortation to “Restore Trump.” As of Saturday night, the poll showed 51.8% of respondents voted “Yes” while 48.2% voted “No.”

Spokespeople for Twitter and Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

The reinstatement comes nearly two years after Trump was kicked off the platform following the deadly riot on Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021. Trump’s return to Twitter was widely expected after Tesla CEO Elon Musk closed a $44 billion deal for the purchase of the company.

“I think it was wrong to ban Donald Trump,” Musk told a Financial Times conference in May. “I think it was wrong. It alienated the country and it didn’t result in Donald Trump not having a voice. I think it was a morally bad decision and stupid in the extreme.”

He added that he would “reverse permaban” if he owned Twitter. Shortly after the purchase was completed, Musk fired four top Twitter executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal and head of legal and public policy Vijaya Gadde.

According to The Guardian, as the website’s head of legal and political affairs, Gadde was closely involved in the company’s decision to ban Trump after the Capitol uprising.

“After careful consideration of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context surrounding them, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further inciting violence,” Twitter said in a statement at the time.

Although the former president’s access to Twitter has been restored, it is unclear whether he will choose to return.

“I’m not going on Twitter, I’m going to stick to TRUTH,” Trump told Fox News in April, referring to the website Truth Social. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’s going to make improvements to it and he’s a good person, but I’ll stick to the TRUTH.”

“The bottom line is, no, I’m not going back to Twitter,” he added.

On Saturday, before the rollback was announced, Trump shared the link to Musk’s poll on Truth Social, saying: “Upvote now, but don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere. Truth Social is special!”

Trump’s critics speculate that if he returns to Twitter, he will likely continue to use the platform as a mouthpiece to spread election conspiracy theories, attack election officials and members of the judiciary and possibly incite his followers to commit violence.

The former president maintains he was the real winner of the 2020 election. That’s despite his legal team and GOP allies losing nearly every lawsuit they filed challenging the results in battleground states won by Joe Biden.

Trump’s latest attempt to steal the election came on January 6, 2021, the day Congress was to certify Biden’s victory. At a “Save America” ​​rally shortly before a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, Trump urged thousands of frenzied supporters to “fight like hell,” adding, “if you don’t fight like hell, they’re not going to have a country anymore.” .

At least five people died as a result of the Capitol siege, and Trump is now at the center of multiple escalating federal and state criminal investigations into the riot. The former president recently alluded to the possibility of political violence if he were to be indicted, saying, “I think you would have problems in this country the likes of which, perhaps, we have never seen before.”

The former president, who now heads the smaller but Twitter-like site Truth Social, celebrated Musk’s acquisition.

“I’m so glad that Twitter is now in sane hands and will no longer be run by Radical Leftist Loons and Maniacs who really hate our country,” Trump wrote on Truth Social the day after Musk’s Twitter purchase was finalized. “Twitter now needs to work hard to get rid of all the bots and fake accounts that have hurt it so much. It will be much smaller, but better.”

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