Could Trump tweet again? Supporters ask Elon Musk to revoke ban as Twitter's largest shareholder

After news broke that Elon Musk had become the largest shareholder of Twitter, Trump supporters wanted the former president's account reinstated


                            Could Trump tweet again? Supporters ask Elon Musk to revoke ban as Twitter's largest shareholder
Supporters of Donald Trump (R) are urging Elon Musk (L) to reinstate his Twitter account (Britta Pederson & Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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A wave of Trump supporters urged Elon Musk to reinstate the former president's Twitter account after the tech billionaire became the largest stakeholder in the social media company. Musk is a known advocate of free speech on public platforms.

Trump, the 45th POTUS, was permanently banned from Twitter after being accused of instigating the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021. Earlier this year, the 75-year-old Republican firebrand launched his own social media platform Truth Social. However, Musk's purchase of a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter saw the price of its shares rise by nearly 30 percent. The Tesla founder, who boasts more than 80 million followers on the platform, made the big move just weeks after blasting the company for not adhering to the principles of free speech.

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Shortly after news broke that the SpaceX founder had become the largest shareholder of Twitter — buying 73,486,938 shares worth a whopping $2.89 billion — the micro-blogging platform was inundated with calls to reinstate the former president's Twitter account.

Tesla Founder Elon Musk leaves a courthouse after testifying in a court case on July 12, 2021, in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images)

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"Now that @ElonMusk is Twitter’s largest shareholder, it’s time to lift the political censorship. Oh… and BRING BACK TRUMP!" Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert tweeted. “Will the new majority shareholder return freedom of speech to Twitter?” Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene asked. “It will require courage [because] the regime is heavily investing in a certain industry and threats will undoubtedly come. Yet the freedom of speech restored will enable us all to defeat them.”

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"Not only do we need Trump back in the White House we need him back on Twitter giving us hourly updates! Also good for Twitter stock price! And free speech! @elonmusk," 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' star Randy Quaid added.

"@ElonMusk is now the largest shareholder of Twitter. Time to get this platform back to its former glory. Step one - bring back President Trump! Step two - give everyone who has been banned a second chance. Step three - end all forms of political and other censorship," California congressional candidate Errol Webber chimed in. "If Elon brings Trump and Alex Jones back, his investment in Twitter might be 10x overnight," journalist Jordan Schachtel offered.

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"Just a gut feeling, but I believe @elonmusk is going to buy Twitter & reinstate Trump. Maybe ban the Big Guy as well?" Texas congressional candidate Jason Nelson wrote, referring to President Joe Biden. "Delighted to see the clever Elon Musk has bought 9.2% of Twitter for £2.9billion. He will put a rocket under the management as he is a big free speech advocate and is v critical of the banning of Trump. If he gives Twitter a kicking on the platform will they ban him? I doubt it," talkSPORT founder Kelvin MacKenzie wrote. 

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Twitter permanently banned Trump on January 8, 2021, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence" after linking him to the January 6 Capitol riot. The ban came after a shorter ban on December 6 for “severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy” after he used the platform to condemn Vice President Mike Pence for certifying the 2020 election as his supporters stormed the Capitol building. Twitter, however, sustained quite the backlash for abusing its power and essentially muzzling the sitting President of the United States.

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