Trump back on Twitter? Why not for now?

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

“The people have spoken. Trump will be brought back,” Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday morning. The account of the former American head of state, which has more than 88 million followers, was suspended on January 9, 2021, after the attack on the Capitol by his supporters, on January 6, against “risk of further incitement to violence”.

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The decision to put Donald Trump back on Twitter, however, has been criticized. The president of the civil rights organization NAACP, Derrick Johnson, reacted on Twitter: “You betrayed our democracy”he wrote, prompting “any advertisers still funding Twitter” to “stop all advertising immediately”.

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

• He has no intention of returning

Indeed, Donald Trump announced on Saturday, at a Republican Jewish coalition rally in Las Vegas, Nevada, that he does not want to return to Twitter:

“I see no reason to do that. »

Donald Trump took the opportunity to tickle Elon Musk’s network, explaining that Twitter has “Too many problems”. “You see what’s going on. The problems are incredible and the promises are negative”he said, adding then that there were too many on Twitter “fake accounts”.

• Loyal to its “Truth Social” platform

The former president of the United States also indicated on Saturday that he will remain loyal to his own social network, Truth Social. “Don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere. Truth Social is special”he told his followers, making sure the platform was there “Replaced Twitter for a lot of people” and he did not see them return there.

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Donald Trump extolled its merits Saturday in Las Vegas:

“Truth Social broke the ceiling. The press doesn’t want to talk about him, but he’s doing a good job. I think the engagement is better than Twitter.”The case of Elon M.

The platform, envisioned as an “alternative” to Donald Trump’s Twitter, 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 is not equal to what Twitter has to offer. On Truth Social, the former head of state is followed by only 4.2 million people, twenty times less than on Twitter.

• A troubled relationship with Musk

” I like this […]. You know, he’s a hell of a character and I love a hell of a character.”, Donald Trump slipped on Saturday about Twitter’s new boss. But Elon Musk was once a “great genius”sometimes a “fool artist”, for the former US president.

The relationship between the two men has changed since 2016. Before Trump was elected President of the United States, Elon Musk said that he was not “Not the right person for the job”, before working for him on two economic advisory boards. He finally exited the White House in 2017, following Trump’s announcement to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord.

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Subsequently, 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 came to support the billionaire. “California should let Tesla and Elon Musk open factories, NOW,” he tweeted at the time.

Earlier this year, the battle finally 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 head of state, who responded to him on Truth Social, without words:

“When Elon Musk came to the White House asking me for help with all his well-funded projects, […] that means nothing without the grants, and he told me how much of a Trump fan he is and a Republican, I could have told him to ‘Get down on your knees and beg’, and he would have done it”.

If the boss of Twitter contacted him, hoping for amazing spinoffs for Twitter in terms of activities, it is not sure that the Republican billionaire would take it. Unless the sirens of the blue bird network, the world’s first political platform, lure him back.

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