Donald Trump’s Twitter account is accessible again. “The people have spoken. Trump is going to be reinstated”, tweeted, Sunday, November 20, Elon Musk the new boss of Twitter, after having launched a survey on this subject with its subscribers.
More than fifteen million responded and 51.8% voted yes to the return of the Republican politician to the platform, from where he was banned after the Capitol was stormed by his supporters in Washington, in January 2021, due to a “risk of further incitement to violence”.
A few minutes after Elon Musk’s message, Donald Trump’s account was visible again, the last tweet dated January 8, 2021. Bizarrely, the number of subscribers was erratic, rising in less than two hours to 3 million before dropping sharply.
“The voice of the people is the voice of God”
At the head of the social network for three weeks, the multi-billionaire owner of Tesla and SpaceX, in particular, had suggested at the launch of the poll on Friday evening that its result could influence a decision on the return or not of the former head of state on Twitter, since he had accompanied it with the message ” Vox Populi vox dei “ (The voice of the people is the voice of God). In the name of free speech, he already reinstated several other suspended user accounts on Friday.
Shortly after the finalization of the purchase of the platform for 44 billion dollars at the end of October, the leader had assured that no major decision on the contents or the reactivation of account would take place without the intervention of specific advice. A gesture intended, among other things, to reassure advertisers, the group’s main source of income. He did not state publicly if this council had been created.
Elon Musk had already mentioned in May a possible return of the former Republican president, believing that this sanction constituted “a morally wrong and senseless decision in the extreme”. His decision is expected to create a stir in American society and politics, especially as Donald Trump has once again entered the race for the White House for 2024.
“A hell of a character”
While rejoicing that with Elon Musk Twitter is “in good hands”Mr. Trump, however, has said in recent days that he will remain on his Truth Social network, even if this platform offers him only a small sounding board compared to Twitter, where he has more than 88 million subscribers. .
During a video intervention on Saturday at a rally of the Coalition of Republican Jews in Las Vegas (Nevada), Donald Trump welcomed the initiative, as well as Elon Musk.
” I like it (…). You know, he’s a hell of a character and I love hell of a character.”, he said. But he argued that he now has his own network, and on the possibility of returning to Twitter, he opined: “I don’t think so because I don’t see any reason to. »
On Truth Social, he encouraged his followers to “vote with positivity” to the survey launched by Elon Musk, before adding: “But don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere. Truth Social is special. »