Billionaire Elon Musk’s attempt to buy Twitter has sparked tweets about how former President Donald Trump might end up getting reinstated on the platform, given that Musk has referred to himself as a “free speech absolutist.”
But Trump himself said in mid-April that he had no interest in returning to Twitter
In an interview with Americano Media that aired April 13, he was asked about coming back if Tesla’s
CEO and “Technoking” were to restore his account.
“We’re doing a big platform right now, so I probably wouldn’t have any interest,” the former president said, referring to his Truth Social platform.
““Twitter’s become very boring.””
— Former President Donald Trump
“Twitter’s become very boring. They’ve gotten rid of a lot of their good voices on Twitter — a lot of their conservative voices.”
And the CEO of Truth Social’s parent company reiterated the former president’s view on Monday during a Fox Business interview.
“He said he really doesn’t have an interest in going on Twitter, and my guess is that would be that would continue to be the same,” said Devin Nunes, a former Republican congressman who is currently chief executive of Trump Media & Technology Group.
“Twitter right now is nothing but a PR wire. It’s got a global footprint, but there’s just nobody there.”
““[Trump] really doesn’t have an interest in going on Twitter, and my guess is that would be that would continue to be the same.””
Still, shares in the special purpose acquisition company
that’s buying Truth Social’s parent were dropping Monday following reports that Twitter may be close to a deal to be acquired by Musk.
Twitters users have been busy predicting what Trump’s reinstatement could mean for Democrats and Republicans:
Others have referred to Trump in discussing whether Twitter users will leave the social media company because of Musk. In fact, the hashtag #RIPTwitter was trending on Twitter on Monday morning.
Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account shortly after the Jan. 6, 2021, storming of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters.
Some people also began questioning whether Musk is a Trump backer, with queries including “Does Elon Musk support Trump” and “Is Elon Musk a Trump supporter” surging more than 300% on Google
in the 24 hours before Monday’s reports that Twitter was considering Musk’s bid.
During the 2020 White House race, Trump raised about $2.5 million from 15 S&P 500 CEOs, but Tesla’s Musk wasn’t among those executives who made donations, according to a MarketWatch analysis of processed Federal Election Commission data on individual contributions. President Joe Biden got about $0.5 million from 30 S&P
This is an updated version of a report that was first published on April 14, 2022.