“The people have spoken”: Elon Musk pardons Donald Trump on Twitter


“The people have spoken”
Elon Musk pardons Donald Trump on Twitter

Donald Trump has been pardoned by Elon Musk.

Donald Trump has been pardoned by Elon Musk.

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Donald Trump is back – not (yet) in the White House, but at least on Twitter. Thanks to Elon Musk and “the people”.

It seems as if the world can or must adjust to numerous tweets from Donald Trump (76), depending on how you deal with the controversial ex-president. The new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk (51), had started a survey on its platformwhether Trump’s account, which was actually permanently blocked, should be reactivated. More than 15 million votes cast in 24 hours came to the conclusion: Yes, he should.

Accordingly, Musk announced pompously: “The people have spoken. Donald Trump will be reinstated.” The result of the survey shows once again how divided the nation is: 51.8 percent of those voting were for “Yes”, 48.2 percent wanted Trump’s account to remain blocked.

For Trump the Twitter pardon could be worth its weight in gold. After all, he only announced on Tuesday evening (November 15) that he was seeking the Republican nomination for the US presidential nomination for the 2024 election. “To make America great and glorious again, tonight I announce my candidacy for President of the United States,” Trump said.

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In fact his is Twitteraccount is already available again, but his first tweet since January 8, 2021 is still a long way off. At the time, he tweeted: “To everyone who has asked, I will not be going to the inauguration on January 20th.” For his campaign, he now has a powerful mouthpiece on paper – if he will use it at all. Trump’s attempts to set up his own Twitter-like network called Truth Social after he was kicked out failed miserably. Still, he said in April this year he doesn’t want to return to Twitter, even if his account is unbanned there. But who, if not Donald Trump, could be trusted to play a role backwards?

Trump’s account was permanently blocked during the storming of the US Capitol in January 2021. The ex-president, who did not want to recognize Joe Biden’s (80) election victory, was accused of inciting the riots with his tweets. Five people were killed and scores more injured in what was seen as an attack on US democracy. Investigations into this are still ongoing. Trump was recently subpoenaed by a committee of inquiry questioning his role in the attack. Trump, on the other hand, has already filed a lawsuit and instead made headlines with other statements.

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