After Elon Musk, the new owner of social media giant Twitter, ran a poll showing a narrow majority of voters supported the move, Trump’s notorious Twitter account was reinstated Saturday.
Donald Trump was removed from the social media platform early last year, accused of involvement in the incident on January 6 of this year when a mob of his supporters tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
“The people have spoken. Donald Trump will be reinstated,” Musk tweeted, shortly after the 24-hour Twitter poll on his account ended.
The voice of the people is the voice of God, he said again, quoting a Latin phrase he had used the previous day.
As a result of the referendum, over 15 million Twitter users voted to re-activate the controversial profile, 51.8% were in favor of this and 48.2% were against.
Twitter was Donald Trump’s mouthpiece during his presidency. He issued policy announcements, attacked political rivals, and communicated with supporters on the platform.
His return was highlighted by several of his political allies on Saturday.
“Welcome back, @realdonaldtrump!” tweeted House Republican Paul Gosar.
Respondents had the choice of Yes or No to the following statement: Re-instate former President Trump, to which the billionaire businessman CEO of Twitter posed the question on Friday.
A blast of tweets sent out Saturday morning by Twitter’s controversial new owner referred to the Trump poll as “fascinating”.
It is pertinent to mention here that a similar poll he posed last year asked followers if he should sell Tesla stock. After that poll, he sold more than $1 billion in shares.