Posted BY: Carlos Garcia
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Friday published a Twitter poll asking whether he should reinstate former President Donald Trump’s account.
The poll received more than 3 million votes from Twitter users only two hours after it was published.
Reinstate former President Trump— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2022
Musk added a second tweet with the Latin phrase, “Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” which means the voice of the people is the voice of God.
As of the time of publishing, 57% said that Musk should reinstate Trump, while 43% said he should not reinstate Trump.
Twitter suspended Trump’s account during the rioting at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in 2021 after saying he had violated its “civic integrity” policies. Later it permanently suspended him from the platform, and other social media sites did the same. The former president has since joined other alternative social media platforms, including Truth Social, which is run by former Republican congressman Devin Nunes.
Trump had nearly 90 million followers on Twitter before he was banned. He has about 4.5 million followers on Truth Social. He has also said that Twitter did him a favor by suspending him and promised never to return to Twitter because it was boring.
“I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH,” Trump told Fox News in April. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH.”
The former president announced his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination for 2024 days after the midterm election.
Liberals and other critics of Trump have excoriated Musk for the possibility of his reinstatement to Twitter. Among those was socialist Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who responded to Musk’s poll with a sarcastic remark.
“Idk man, last time he was here this platform was used to incite an insurrection, multiple people died, the Vice President of the United States was nearly assassinated, and hundreds were injured but I guess that’s not enough for you to answer the question. Twitter poll it is,” she tweeted.