Former US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been reinstated on the platform.
The account, which Twitter banned following the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, was restored after CEO and new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, published a poll on Twitter on Friday evening November 18 asking platform users should Trump be reinstated.
“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated,” Musk tweeted Saturday night. “Vox Populi, Vox Dei”, Latin for “the voice of the people is the voice of God”.
The final results of Saturday night’s poll showed 51.8% for and 48.2% against. The poll included 15 million votes.
Musk’s highly anticipated move sets the stage for the former president’s return to the social media platform where he was previously its most influential and controversial user.
With nearly 90 million followers, Trump’s tweets moved markets and defined the news cycle.
Trump has previously said he will stay on his platform, Truth Social, instead of joining Twitter, but a change in his approach could have major political implications as he announced this month he would seek the nomination. Republican presidential election in 2024, aiming to become only the second commander-in-chief ever elected to two non-consecutive terms.
Asked on Saturday how he felt about Musk’s purchase of Twitter and his own future on the platform, Trump praised Musk but wondered if the site would survive its current crises.
“They have a lot of problems,” Trump said in Las Vegas at the Republican Jewish Coalition meeting. “You see what is happening. It may do it, it may not.
Still, Trump said he liked Musk and “liked him to buy (Twitter.)”
“He’s a character and I tend to like characters,” the former president said of Musk. “But he’s smart.”