Did you enjoy your 473 days reprieve from @realdonaldtrump? Think for a moment. Let your mind wander until January 8, 2021… How did you To feel?
Perhaps you welcomed his sudden absence, taking it like a warm breeze in the heart of winter? Or, perhaps you bristled at the idea in the name of “free speech”? More likely: you forgot about this development until very recently, as any sane person would.
Whatever your position, might as well forget it because I have a disturbing comment to replace it. When Twitter suitor Elon Musk takes the reins, Trump will once again return to the site of hell. It’s just a matter of time.
Didn’t Trump literally say he wouldn’t join Twitter?
Trump has also repeatedly insisted that the coronavirus was “under control” at the start of 2020, and we all know how that turned out.
So watch this space! Trump is feeding on attention and will broadcast his cries through Twitter’s unholy bullhorn again, but not anytime soon. Right now, it’s more expedient for Trump to promote his social network, which I promise hardly anyone will ever use. In early April, TRUTH reportedly just north of 500,000 daily active users, which pales in comparison to Twitter’s roughly 217 million DAUs, as Vanity Fair reported yesterday. Sure, the former president has the power to boost an app’s ranking for, say, a few weeks, but come back in a year and you’ll see what I mean.
But looking ahead, when Trump’s 2024 campaign kicks into high gear, do you think he’ll choose loyalty to TRUTH Social over Twitter and its outsized media reach? No. Trump is loyal to nothing. If he gets the chance, he will come back. Next question.
How do we know Musk will lift the ban? He didn’t say anything, did he?
Musk has said enough, but please allow me a moment to rewind.
When Twitter banned Trump, some of the president’s most thirsty supporters protested the decision to defend “free speech”, arguing that protection from government excesses should also cover drivel on Twitter’s website. It’s nonsense, but Musk’s views on free speech and content moderation pretty much align with their outlook, and conservatives know it. (Personally, I’d rather build a hospitable public square that people want to visit, than one that celebrates those weirdos, but that wouldn’t be very Twitter, Would that be?)
Instead of wading into the nitty-gritty of content moderation, for example, Musk seems to want to feel it and hopes even his “worst reviews” will stick around to post. If that’s what he’s focused on, then why wouldn’t he also welcome Rosie O’Donnell’s worst critic into the fold?
At least Jack trusts Elon, right?
Of course he does! Shortly after Twitter’s board accepted Musk’s offer, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey spoke out in support of the website’s incoming acquirer. After a strong disclaimer that, “as a matter of principle,” he doesn’t “believe anyone should own or run Twitter,” Dorsey said “Elon is the singular solution I trust” when he got down to business. is about “solving the problem of being a business.” And trust me, you can trust Musk – to singularly shrug and submit us to @RealDonaldTrump again.
Twitter’s decision to ban Trump in the first place just came down to it two tweets, and mostly depended on their timing and context after the Jan. 6 riot. It’s shaky ground to start with. Add to that Musk’s management and publishing ideology, which is not compatible with finicky concepts like nuance, and baby, you’ve got a stew. Instead, the serial CEO is far too busy breaking unions, hating critics, and doing lolz stuff to care about ideals like community health or treating people with dignity.