Leftists and blue checkmark users complain about ‘end of world,’ threaten to abandon platform if Twitter approves Musk deal.
Source: Adan Salazar
Musk, who had already bought close to 10% of Twitter earlier this month, offered to purchase the rest of the company at $54.20 a share for a total of $43 billion – or reconsider his position as a shareholder.
I made an offer https://t.co/VvreuPMeLu— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 14, 2022
Despite the offer not yet being accepted, the prospect of Musk’s intervention threatening to disrupt the highly-censored liberal echo chamber sent left-leaning Twitter users into conniption fits.
CNN analyst Max Boot lamented the possibility Musk could allow free speech to thrive on the platform, claiming, “For democracy to survive, we need more content moderation, not less.”
I am frightened by the impact on society and politics if Elon Musk acquires Twitter. He seems to believe that on social media anything goes. For democracy to survive, we need more content moderation, not less.— Max Boot 🇺🇦 (@MaxBoot) April 14, 2022
Gun control advocate Fred Guttenberg confusingly said Musk’s offer to buy Twitter, which he speculates would result in Donald Trump’s return to the platform, made him second-guess buying a Tesla.
So looks like @elonmusk wants to do for Trump what Truth Social couldn't. The thing is, the people buying his cars are not your likely Trump voters. The possibility of a Tesla as a future purchase for me is gone. Many other great electric automotive options available.— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) April 14, 2022
CUNY journalism professor Jeff Jarvis drew dramatic comparisons between Musk’s hostile takeover of Twitter and the German Reich, claiming it “feels like the last evening in a Berlin nightclub at the twilight of Weimar Germany.”
Today on Twitter feels like the last evening in a Berlin nightclub at the twilight of Weimar Germany.— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) April 14, 2022
Former 2020 Democrat congressional nominee Pam Keith responded with profanity to Musk’s offer, telling him to “Fuck off!” and saying he runs a racist company.
Twitter users having a meltdown over Elon’s offer to purchase company— thoughtcrime (@thoughtcrime___) April 14, 2022
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Condé Nast legal affairs editor and former GQ author Luke Zaleski refused to acknowledge the possibility Musk could enact decent changes at the company.
The idea that rich people can run things better than anyone else is dumb— Luke Zaleski (@ZaleskiLuke) April 14, 2022
Former Bill Clinton secretary of labor Robert Reich complained about an oligarch taking over a news source, evidently unfazed by Jeff Bezos’ ownership of the Washington Post.
“Trump must never be allowed back on Twitter,” Reich huffed.
This morning Musk bid $54.20 a share to buy the rest of Twitter and take it private — nearly 40% higher than Twitter’s stock price in January before Musk started buying.— Robert Reich (@RBReich) April 14, 2022
Anyone concerned about another oligarch taking over a news source?
Then there were the hordes of users who threatened to leave the platform if the deal went through.
If all these people are freaking out over the mere prospect of Twitter’s sale, imagine the outrage when the deal actually happens.