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Elon Musk reinstated Trump’s Twitter account

On Saturday, Elon Musk reinstated former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account. The billionaire Twitter owner posed the question to his followers in a poll.

“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Fox Boboli, Fox Day,” Musk wrote in a tweet, using a Latin phrase that translates to “the voice of the people, the voice of God.”

The announcement came a day after Musk voted off his followers with a simple request to “Take Trump back.” As of Saturday evening, the poll showed that 51.8% voted “yes” while 48.2% voted “no.”

The restoration comes nearly two years after Trump was ousted from the podium in the wake of the deadly Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol. Trump’s return to Twitter was widely expected after Tesla CEO Elon Musk closed a $44 billion deal to buy the company.

“I think it’s not right to ban Donald Trump,” Musk said at the Financial Times conference in May. “I think that was a mistake. It alienated the country and did not result in Donald Trump not having a voice. I think it was a bad moral decision and folly in the extreme.”

He added that he would “reverse the pram” if he owned Twitter. Shortly after completing the purchase, Musk fired four of Twitter’s top executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal and head of legal and public policy Vijaya Jade.

According to the Guardian, as the site’s legal and political person, Jade has been closely associated with the company’s decision to ban Trump after the Capitol riot.

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

Despite the former president’s re-access to Twitter, it is unclear if he will choose to return.

“I’m not going to Twitter, I’m going to stay on the truth,” Trump told Fox News in April, referring to the Truth Social. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’s going to make improvements to it and he’s a good guy, but I’m going to stay true.”

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

On Saturday, before announcing the reinstatement, Trump shared the link to Musk’s poll on Truth Social, saying, “Vote up now, but don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere. Truth Social is a special feature!”

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

The former president maintains that he was the real winner in the 2020 election. This is despite the fact that his legal team and his GOP allies have lost nearly every lawsuit they have filed to contest the results on Joe Biden’s battlegrounds.

Trump’s latest attempt to steal the election came on January 6, 2021, the day Congress was about to certify Biden’s victory. At a “Save America” ​​rally shortly before a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, Trump urged thousands of his rabid supporters to “fight like hell,” adding, “If you don’t fight like hell, you won’t fight like hell anymore in this country.”

At least five people died as a result of the Capitol siege, and Trump is now at the center of several escalating state and federal criminal investigations into the riot. The former president recently hinted at the potential for political violence if indicted, saying, “I think you’re going to have problems in this country, the likes of which we’ve probably never seen.”

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

“I am so glad that Twitter is now in good hands, and will no longer be run by Radical Left Lunatics and Maniacs who truly hate our country,” Trump wrote on Truth Social the day after completing Musk’s purchase on Twitter. “Twitter must now work hard to rid itself of all the bots and fake accounts that have hurt it so badly. It’s going to be a lot smaller, but it’s better.”

Smith

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