Conservatives are calling on Elon Musk to reinstate Donald Trump’s Twitter account after he became the social media giant’s largest shareholder.
The Tesla CEO has taken a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter after purchasing about 73.5 million shares worth around $2.9 billion, according to a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Musk, a frequent tweeter with more than 80 million followers, has questioned Twitter’s dedication to free speech and pondered whether a new platform was needed. Last week, he said he was giving “serious thought” to creating a new social media platform.
Trump launched a new social media platform, Truth Social, earlier this year after he was permanently banned from Twitter following the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Trump and his allies have accused Twitter and other social media platforms that barred him of censorship. Earlier this year, Trump called Twitter “a disgrace to democracy” that should not be allowed to operate in the United States after the company decided to permanently ban Marjorie Taylor Greene’s account.
But the news that Musk has now acquired the biggest stake in Twitter—once Trump’s biggest political megaphone—has prompted conservatives to urge the billionaire to take action to restore the former president’s account.
Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert tweeted: “Now that @ElonMusk is Twitter’s largest shareholder, it’s time to lift the political censorship. Oh… and BRING BACK TRUMP!”
Monica Crowley, former assistant secretary of public affairs at the Treasury Department under Trump, wrote: “Now that @elonmusk is Twitter’s largest shareholder, he should demand the end of political censorship, company-wide reform, and the reinstatement of President Trump.”
Errol Webber, a Republican congressional candidate, wrote on Twitter that it is “time to get this platform back to its former glory.”
He continued: “Step one—bring back President Trump! Step two—give everyone who has been banned a second chance. Step three—end all forms of political and other censorship.”
Conservative activist Ned Ryun tweeted: “Fascinating. Would be epic if Musk forced Twitter to let Trump back on, although to be honest, Trump might not want to. Would dilute his value and power with Truth Social.”
Trump had hoped to lure the millions who once followed him on Twitter to Truth Social, but the new venture was recently mocked by critics due to a dramatic slump in downloads just weeks after its launch.
The platform’s launch in February got off to a shaky start, with users complaining that the sign-up system was not working and they were being held in queues with hundreds of thousands of other people ahead of them.
Representatives for Musk and Trump have been contacted for comment. Twitter has also been contacted for comment.