Twitter permanently removed Trump in January 2021, saying the former president’s tweets were “highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021”.
However, earlier this year Musk said he would reverse that ban, calling Twitter “left-biased”, and on Thursday he reportedly sacked the executive responsible.
“I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump,” the Tesla chief executive told a Financial Times conference in May. “I think that was a mistake. It alienated the country and did not result in Donald Trump not having a voice. I think it was a morally bad decision and foolish in the extreme.”
Within hours of taking charge of Twitter, and before the completed acquisition was even formally confirmed, Musk had reportedly taken the first step towards welcoming the former president back. According to multiple reports, he sacked Vijaya Gadde, the head of legal and policy, alongside Twitter’s chief executive officer, chief financial officer and general counsel.
This morning despite multiple reliable outlets claiming Trump will be back on Monday some are saying the statement is fake:
A fake statement from Donald Trump congratulating Elon Musk on his acquisition of Twitter is spreading online.
The fabricated quote claims Trump's account will be reinstated Monday & that the ex-president is "Happy to be able to engage with an African-American owned business." pic.twitter.com/p7fNxiaM2k
— Mikael Thalen (@MikaelThalen) October 28, 2022
And the statement was fake which is the reason why our editorial team refused to report this news.
The reality is that Trump did make a huge announcement and welcomed Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, but did not commit to returning to the platform if Musk lifts the ban on his account.
“I am very happy that Twitter is now in sane hands, and will no longer be run by Radical Left Lunatics and Maniacs that truly hate our country,” Trump wrote on Truth Social, his own social media platform that he’s been using for much of this year.
“Twitter must now work hard to rid itself of all of the bots and fake accounts that have hurt it so badly. It will be much smaller, but better. I LOVE TRUTH!”
Trump’s post did not rule out the possibility of rejoining Twitter at some point. Musk has said he believes it was a mistake to ban the former president from the platform over his rhetoric around the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, in which he praised supporters who had descended on the complex.