Donald Trump's Twitter account was reinstated Saturday night after having been suspended more than a year and a half ago. Elon Musk, the new owner of the social network, made this decision after conducting a survey among Twitter users. More than 15 million people voted and 52% supported the return of the former president.
The people have spoken.
Trump will be reinstated.
Vox Populi, Vox Dei. https://t.co/jmkhFuyfkv
- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 20, 2022
Elon Musk himself was surprised by the avalanche of votes. The poll asked for opinions on "the reinstatement of former President Trump" after the lifetime ban on his account. Finally, the account reappeared with the 45th president's old messages and by the early hours of Sunday morning he already had more than 25 million followers, a number that is growing by the hour.
According to Elon Musk, the survey was viewed by more than 134 million people.
Trump's account suspended after Capitol riots
Former President Donald Trump's account was suspended following the January 6, 2021 riots on the Capitol. In fact, the former president’s last tweets are from January 8, 2021. Subsequently, Trump launched his own social platform called Truth Social.
The 45th president's intention is to remain on his own platform and not return to Twitter. On Saturday, Trump encouraged his supporters to vote in Musk's poll while also mentioning that he plans to stay on Truth Social. However, the former president began to follow some accounts on the platform.
The reinstatement of Donald Trump's Twitter account was celebrated as a victory for free speech while numerous activists on the left wanted to maintain his suspension. In any case, the reactivation of the former president's account allows the public to see the tweets which caused Twitter management to ban him from the social network in the first place, alleging "risk of further incitement to violence.” You be the judge:
I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order - respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021