Donald Trump says he has ‘no reason’ to return to Twitter
Now that Twitter would have him as a member, Donald Trump doesn’t want to join.
The former president and long-term candidate said Saturday he had “no reason” to return to the social media platform after new owner Elon Musk said he could be reinstated following the results of a user poll.
Just over half of the 15 million Twitter users — 51.8% — who took part in Musk’s Friday poll voted to allow the Republican to return to his former favorite platform.
Trump, 76, was booted from the social media for inciting violence following the deadly US Capitol riots on January 6, 2021.
“People have spoken. Trump will be reinstated,” Musk tweeted.
The Republican, who dealt with the ban by launching his own social media site Truth Social, shrugged and hadn’t hit his 72.4 million followers on his @realDonaldTrump since his @realDonaldTrump account resurfaced -Account posted.
“I see no reason for it,” the former president said via video Saturday when asked about a possible return at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting.
Trump claimed Truth Social, developed by his startup Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), has better user engagement than Musk’s site and performs “phenomenally well.”
The 2024 candidate has nearly 5 million followers on the pro-law platform, whose shareholders were scheduled to vote Tuesday on a merger with a blank-check acquisition that inked a deal to list the company for $1.3 billion.
Trump had previously welcomed Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, saying he was glad the company was in “healthy hands” after closing the deal last month and could potentially use the site in addition to Truth Social.
Trump is contractually obligated to give Truth Social a six-hour exclusivity for his writing, but could post “political messages, political fundraising, or vote-out efforts” to any website at any time, according to a May SEC filing.
Musk had previously tried to reassure advertisers that any decisions about reinstating Trump or other users would be made by a diverse Content Moderation Council, saying there needs to be a “clear process” for doing so.
The mega-billionaire changed his hiring earlier this week, opting to reinstate comedian Kathy Griffin, who was recently banned for changing her profile name to “Elon Musk,” in violation of his undeclared parody account rule.
With mail wires
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