In response to Elon’s survey asking whether Donald Trump’s account should be reinstated, the former US president said he sees many problems with Twitter and will stick to his own social network.
“I hear we’re getting a big vote to also go back on Twitter. I don’t see it because I don’t see any reason for it,” Trump said at a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas via video link. “It may or may not happen.”
According to Trump, Truth Social platform, which he launched after being blocked by Twitter Inc.’s previous management after his supporters had stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, has become necessary for many people, and he doesn’t think they’ll be coming back to Twitter.
Nearly 14 million Twitter accounts had taken part in the poll, launched by Musk, two hours before it closed, with about 52% of respondents voting for Trump’s return.
On Friday, Musk said that a decision on Trump’s account has not yet been made. He reinstated accounts associated with conservative media personality Jordan Peterson and the satirical website Babylon Bee.
Trump was permanently banned from Twitter in 2021 “due to the risk of further inciting violence.” On Tuesday, he officially entered the 2024 US presidential race.
On Saturday, Trump said he liked Elon Musk’s $44 billion purchase of Twitter and that he “likes those kinds of characters.” But he said Twitter’s problems were “terrible”, including negative interaction and fake accounts.
“Truth Social has been very, very powerful, very, very strong, and I’ll be staying there,” Trump told the audience.