Elon Musk Raises Hell By Saying He Will Lift Trump's Twitter Ban
Elon Musk has told Andrew Buncombe of The Independent that he will end Donald Trump’s Twitter ban - adding that he thought the decision to block the then-president was “morally bad.”
Photo Insert: Trump’s tweets were rarely elegant and often fell like blows from a cudgel.
In news that will celebrated by supporters of Trump as enthusiastically as it is condemned by his critics, the tech billionaire who is in the process of buying the social media network, said the initial decision in January 2021 had been incorrect.
“I think it was a morally bad decision, to be clear, and foolish in the extreme,” he said at a Future of the Car event hosted in London by the Financial Times. He added: “I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump. I think that was a mistake – it alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”
He said the decision to ban Trump from Twitter, taken after the 6 January riot at the US Capitol, did not silence the former president’s voice entirely. Rather it amplified his views among people on the political right, Musk said.
Trump’s tweets were rarely elegant and often fell like blows from a cudgel. Frequently he would misspell things, only to delete them and have a second go.
Other times he let the errors remain, perhaps knowing they would irritate people who thought a president should not be speaking in what were often vulgar, bullying terms, but that if he had to, then at least he should use the correct grammar.
Yet, he knew very well the power of those tweets and relished being able to communicate directly with supporters, and enemies, without the filter of the media. He had close to 90 million followers when he was banned, and was the eighth-most followed account, behind the likes of Barack Obama and Katie Perry.
But it was the power and influence of his social media voice that resulted in his lifetime ban. In the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, the then-president used social media to repeatedly make false claims that the election had been rigged in favor of Joe Biden and that he was the genuine victor.