Elon Musk said he would overturn former President Donald Trump’s “permanent ban” on Twitter, a news sure to give left-wing free speech opponents a stroke.
Tesla CEO and the first who may soon be Twitter CEO clear comments Trump was banned during FT Live’s “The Future of the Car” conference on Tuesday.
Musk said the original ban was a “mistake” and “extremely stupid.”
“Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for bot accounts, scam accounts, spam accounts … I do think it’s incorrect to ban Donald Trump,” he said.
“I think it was a mistake because it alienated much of the country and didn’t end up leaving Donald Trump without a voice.”
In fact, Trump has turned to email reminders that supporters often tweet and started his own social media company.
Musk later called the ban on the former president “a morally wrong decision, extremely stupid.”
Elon Musk: ‘I’ll revoke’ President Trump’s Twitter ban
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) May 10, 2022
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Elon Musk will revive Trump on Twitter
Elon Musk made a bombshell statement on Twitter specifically about whether he would reinstate former President Trump.
“I will reverse the permanent ban,” Musk said.
And just like that, liberal rage rackets are in full swing.
Keith Olberman, the perpetually angry expert, was naturally one of the first to respond.
“This proves once again that no amount of intelligence, cunning or skill needed to become really rich can be transferred to the rest of your life,” he assesses.
This proves once again that no amount of intelligence, cunning, or skill needed to truly become rich cannot be transferred to the rest of your life. pic.twitter.com/ArqqaRoCqt
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) May 10, 2022
Intercept reporter Murtaza Hussain said the decision was not about freedom of speech, but “class solidarity with fellow oligarchs”.
If Elon Musk unblocked Trump from Twitter, it would be about class solidarity with a fellow oligarch, not a brand claiming its unbiased commitment to free speech.
– Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain) May 10, 2022
Then there’s the usual crowd who say they’ll go home with their balls.
If this happens I will leave
— Shane (@Shayneinthehous) May 10, 2022
But don’t be afraid of liberals. Musk acknowledged that nothing is set in stone after tweeting that he would reinstate Trump.
“I don’t have Twitter yet,” he explained. “So it’s not something that’s going to happen for sure, because what if I don’t have Twitter?”
Reports that Musk will be CEO of Twitter for several months after the deal to acquire the social media platform is finalized may take some time.
5/10/22: Elon Musk says he will lift Donald Trump’s Twitter ban after deal closes @CNBC. Me: How wonderful! Free speech is not free in a country unless it is free for everyone – even if those in power disagree with them. 🇺🇸 https://t.co/5OJQrrm6dQ
— Orisa Kulick (@orisha_kulick) May 10, 2022
Will Trump come back?
President Trump has insisted he has no intention of returning to Twitter, where he has actually revolutionized political campaigns and public interactions.
“I’m not going to be on Twitter, I’m sticking to the truth,” he said.
Trump highlights his point make an announcement to his short, sweet and hilarious truth social platform.
Donald Trump first tweets on his ‘Truth Social’ app
— Whole Mars Catalog (@WholeMarsBlog) April 29, 2022
After the Capitol riots and the media-driven narrative were somehow responsible, Trump was permanently banned from several social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
As he continued to blast unproven allegations of election fraud, the Twitter ban was extended and then made permanent.
Musk claimed that former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s views align with his own that Trump should not have been banned in the first place.
“He shares my thoughts that permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for bot accounts or spam/scam accounts,” he said.
Dorsey tweeted that he did agree with Musk.
“I agree,” he wrote. “There are exceptions … but usually a permanent ban is our failure and doesn’t work.”
I agree. There are exceptions (CSE, illegal behavior, spam or web manipulation, etc.), but usually permanent bans are our downfall and don’t work, I wrote here after the incident (and called for resilient social media protocols): https://t.co/fQ9KnrCQGX
— Jack ⚡️ (@jack) May 10, 2022
Dorsey was not only CEO of Twitter when Trump was banned, but was also involved when the social media platform censored stories about Hunter Biden’s laptop.
He seemed to admit that the moves were a mistake – too little, too late.
Musk said the Twitter acquisition, which is still subject to shareholder approval, could be completed by the October deadline.
“It’s a decision made by a private company,” WH press secretary Jen Psaki said of Elon Musk’s possible reversal of Pres. Trump’s Twitter ban.
Psaki said the WH is focused on protecting free speech while ensuring the platform is not used as a “disinformation forum.” pic.twitter.com/o9FueVI5K5
— CBS News (@CBSNews) May 10, 2022
Truth Social is building its media platform from the ground up.So far, it’s not available on Android devices — though may change by the end of May.
If it lags far behind the number of users Twitter sees every day, could Trump be able to refuse to tweet once Musk has reinstated his account?
Only time will tell.