Elon Musk says Donald Trump should skip the 2024 election, even as he promises to restore the former president’s Twitter account.
The Tesla CEO shared his views on American politics in a series of tweets on Thursday evening.
He said Trump shouldn’t run because a “less divisive candidate would be better in 2024,” before criticizing Joe Biden for thinking “he was chosen to transform the country, but really everyone just wanted less drama.”
On Tuesday, the South African mogul announced that he would be reversing Trump’s ban from the platform.
Trump was suspended last January after public outcry over the storming of the Capitol and his insistence that the 2020 election had been “stolen” from him.
Musk, 50, is in the process of completing his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, once the ex-president’s favorite social media network.
Elon Musk says Trump should not run for a second term in 2024, even as he promises to restore the former president’s Twitter account
The founder of Tesla and SpaceX shared his views on politics in a tweet storm on Thursday
Trump has turned down Musk’s offer to return to Twitter so he can focus on his app TruthSocial
The SpaceX founder said virtually at a Financial Times conference in London on Tuesday that Twitter’s move to ban the former US president was “a morally bad decision and utterly foolish.”
“It alienated much of the country and ultimately did not prevent Donald Trump from having a voice. He’s on Truth Social now,” Musk said. “So I think frankly this could be worse than a single forum where everyone can debate. I think the answer is that I would reverse the permanent ban.”
But that doesn’t mean Musk wants to see the former Celebrity Apprentice host return to the Oval Office.
“While I think a less divisive candidate would be better in 2024, I still think Trump should get back to Twitter,” Musk tweeted Thursday.
Trump was permanently banned from Twitter on Jan. 8, days after his supporters stormed the Capitol and forced senators into secure rooms to confirm the election results in Biden’s favor.
In a statement at the time, the company quoted a tweet in which Trump promised his supporters would have a “GIANT VOICE” well into the future. In another tweet, he made it clear that he would not attend Biden’s inauguration.
Musk has since made it clear that he would bring Trump back to Twitter when his purchase is finalized.
Musk said Dorsey, who was CEO until November 2021, agreed.
“I agree,” Dorsey tweeted, pointing out that he supported a ban on sharing content such as Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), but not in general.
“There are exceptions (CSE, illegal behavior, spam or network manipulation, etc.), but in general permanent bans are a failure of ours and don’t work, which I wrote about here after the event (and called for a resilient social media protocol ).’
Musk says Biden was not elected as transformational president, but was elected because people wanted “less drama.” Above, Biden (center) with Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei (left) and President of Indonesia Joko Widodo (right) on March 12
Morning Consult’s quarterly political intelligence tracking shows President Joe Biden’s approval rating is under water in 40 states — and double-digit in 33
Latest consumer price data shows annual inflation at 8.5 percent
The Biden administration announced it was dropping plans for a massive sale of energy drilling rights just as gas prices peaked for the third day in a row — this time hitting $4.42 on Thursday, according to auto organization AAA.
The former president has turned down the offer in favor of his own fledgling network Truth Social, which is struggling to get users.
In a poll conducted by CNN and released in February, half of Republican and Republican independents said they would nominate Trump again in 2024.
Of those who preferred another candidate, 21 percent went with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, whose widely publicized feud with Disney over the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law has mobilized conservatives in his favor.
On Thursday, Musk also tweeted: “Biden’s mistake is that he thinks he was chosen to transform the country, but really everyone just wanted less drama.”
Biden’s polls have struggled as inflation, driven in part by the impact of the pandemic on the supply chain, continues to push prices up.
A recent Morning Consult poll shows that he is favored in just 10 states in the US.
The only states where Biden is not underwater are California, Washington, Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Illinois, Rhode Island, Delaware, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia.
But even there, his net approval has dwindled dramatically around this time since last year.
Meanwhile, Twitter continues to shake up the workforce as Musk is set to take over the platform.
Consumer product chief Kayvon Beykpour and sales general manager Bruce Falck were unceremoniously fired after taking over the billionaire last month.
On Thursday, consumer product chief Kayvon Beykpour (left) announced that he would be leaving the company. Beykpour is followed out the door by Bruce Falck (right), Twitter’s general manager for revenue
Periscope founder Beykpour admitted he hadn’t wanted to go but was brutally ousted by CEO Parag Agrawal while on paternity leave so they could “steer the team in a new direction.”
A leaked memo from the criticized Twitter chief to staff noted how the tech giant needed the “right leaders at the right time.”
He announced that interim GM of consumer product Jay Sullivan will take over both jobs in a newly merged role.
It comes as the social media company launches a tsunami of budget cuts by cutting spending on contractors, travel and events, marketing and real estate.