Shortly after Elon Musk announced that he planned to allow former President Donald Trump to return to Twitter, “Trump’s Twitter” began to grow on the platform.
Musk recently struck a deal to buy Twitter for around $44 billion, and during a livestreamed event with the FinancialTimesMusk said he doesn’t think it’s “right” to ban Trump.
The former president’s personal Twitter account was permanently suspended in January 2021 following the Jan. 6 riot in the nation’s capital.
“I think that was a mistake because it alienated a lot of the country and it ultimately didn’t stop Donald Trump from being heard,” Musk told the outlet.
Musk’s statement prompted Twitter users to take to the social media platform to share their views on the news. While some shared that they were happy to see this decision being overturned, others expressed concern.
“Elon Musk flipping Trump’s Twitter account will break Democrats…LOL,” @GuntherEagleman wrote.
Tina Forte, a Republican candidate for Congress, also supported the decision.
“The days of banning people from social media just because we disagreed with them must end,” she wrote.
twitter user @keith_saunders wrote that those unhappy with Trump’s potential return to the platform simply shouldn’t follow him.
Although some Twitter users appreciated the news, others expressed their opposition.
@corvo_gene wrote that the ban was “justified”.
“This delirious baby needs billionaire morons to protect him from the consequences of his own shitty actions?” they wrote. “Cool, let him come back, we’ll bury his bulls**t like we always do.”
@Jennife39481653 wrote that she hopes Musk will eventually be unable to take control of Twitter.
One wrote that the move could have consequences if Trump returns to Twitter.
“Reminding everyone how crazy Trump is on a daily basis can backfire on Republicans agitating for his return,” wrote @lindyli. “Especially just before the mid-terms. I’m just saying.”
Trump launched his own social media platform, Truth Social earlier this year.
Devin Nunes, CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group, told Maria Bartiromo on Mornings with Maria that the former president is no longer interested in Twitter.
When asked if Trump would consider returning to Twitter if Musk took ownership, Nunes replied, “Well, I can only report what he said. He said he really had no interest in going to Twitter, and I guess that would continue to be the same.”