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Trump back on Twitter? Why it’s not for now

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” Vox Populi vox dei ” : the Twitter account of former President of the United States Donald Trump was reactivated on Sunday November 20 by the new boss of the social network, Elon Musk. The latter had launched a poll earlier in the weekend to ask users if they wanted Trump to be reinstated on the platform: 51.8% voted in favor, and 48.2% against.

“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated”, tweeted Elon Musk on Sunday morning. The account of the former American president, followed by nearly 88 million followers this Monday, had been suspended on January 8, 2021, two days after the assault on the Capitol by his supporters, facing the “risk of further incitement to violence”.

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The decision to reinstate Donald Trump on Twitter, however, has been criticized. The president of the civil rights organization NAACP, Derrick Johnson, reacted on Twitter: “You are betraying our democracy”he wrote, prompting “any advertiser who still funds Twitter” of“immediately stop all advertising”.

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Still, Elon Musk’s decision does not guarantee the return of 45e President of the United States and candidate for the presidential election of 2024 on the blue bird platform. And this for at least three reasons.

• He has no intention of returning

Indeed, Donald Trump announced on Saturday, during a rally of the Republican Jewish coalition in Las Vegas, Nevada, that he did not wish to return to Twitter:

“I see no reason to do so. »

Donald Trump took the opportunity to tickle Elon Musk’s network, explaining that Twitter had ” a lot of problems “. “You see what is happening. The problems are unbelievable and the commitments are negative”he said, adding then that there were on Twitter too many “fake accounts”.

• Faithful to its Truth Social platform

The former president of the United States also indicated on Saturday that he would remain faithful to his own social network, Truth Social. “Don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere. Truth Social is special”he told his followers, assuring that the platform had “took the place of Twitter for a lot of people” and that he did not see them going back there.

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Donald Trump extolled the merits of this on Saturday in Las Vegas:

“Truth Social broke the ceiling. The press doesn’t like to talk about him, but he’s doing wonderfully. I think the engagement is much better than with Twitter. »The Elon M case.

The platform, imagined as an “alternative” to Twitter by Donald Trump, was launched in February. Since mid-October, the app has been available for download from Google Play. However, the sounding board of this new channel in no way equals that offered by Twitter. On Truth Social, the former leader is followed by only 4.2 million people, twenty times less than on Twitter.

• A tumultuous relationship with Musk

” I like it […]. You know, he’s a hell of a character and I love hell of a character.”, slipped Donald Trump on Saturday about the new boss of Twitter. However, for the former president, Elon Musk is sometimes a “great genius”sometimes a “artist of bullshit”.

The relationship between the two men has fluctuated since 2016. Before Trump was elected President of the United States, Elon Musk said he was not “not the right guy for the job”, before working for him on two economic advisory boards. He finally walked out of the White House in 2017, following Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.

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In 2020, in the midst of the Covid crisis, and while restrictive measures were put in place in the United States to fight the pandemic, Elon Musk protested against the obligation to close his Tesla factories in California. Donald Trump had come to support the billionaire. “California should let Tesla and Elon Musk open the factory, NOW”he tweeted at the time.

Earlier this year hostilities resumed. The first to open the ball was Elon Musk who, in July, felt that Donald Trump should not run for president. A statement that annoyed the former leader, who replied to him on Truth Social, without mincing words:

“When Elon Musk came to the White House asking me for help with all of his many funded projects, […] that would be worth nothing without grants, and he told me what a big Trump fan he was and a Republican, I could have told him ‘get on your knees and beg’, and he would have do. »

If the boss of Twitter has reached out to him, hoping for spectacular spinoffs for Twitter in terms of activities, not sure that the Republican billionaire will take it. Unless the sirens of the blue bird network, the first political platform in the world, seduce him again.

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