Twitter banned former President Donald Trump for life while he was still in office. Even with new billionaire buyer Elon Musk at the helm, Trump may never come back.
Trump said Monday that he would not return to the social media platform he was thrown off as of January 6, 2021, TheBlaze reported. Musk purchased Twitter for $44 billion, and many have speculated he could reinstate Trump.
Trump started his own competing social media platform TRUTH, last October. Despite growing pains after going into beta testing in February, Trump has vowed to spread his message on his own platform instead of Twitter.
“I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH,” the former president told Fox News. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH,” Trump vowed.
“We’re taking in millions of people, and what we’re finding is that the response on TRUTH is much better than being on Twitter,” Trump added. “Twitter has bots and fake accounts, and we are doing everything we can.”
Trump was removed from Twitter after a group of his supporters breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The platform blamed Trump for inciting this incident based on his insistence that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, and soon other platforms did the same thing.
Now Musk’s ownership changes the equation because the Tesla mogul has committed to restoring free speech to social media. “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk wrote in a statement after the purchase.
Trump used Twitter as a powerful tool in helping him get elected president in 2016. However, the former president’s absence since 2021 has cut off the left from its steady stream of material to use against conservatives — so perhaps his continued Twitter silence wouldn’t be the worst thing.