Donald Trump responds as Elon Musk restores his Twitter account: “Truth Social is special!”
Donald Trump has been formally reinstated on Twitter, but the former president voiced concerns about his return on Saturday afternoon.
Trump announced on Truth Social, a social media account he has used after being banned from Twitter for life in January 2021 that he would not be switching back.
“Vote now with positivity, but don’t worry, we aren’t going anywhere. Truth Social is special!” he posted.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, formally resurrected Trump this weekend after a poll on the platform received more than 15 million votes.
“Reinstate former President Trump: Yes or No,” the poll simply asked.
Fifty-two percent of users believed he should be allowed to return to the site, which has already lifted lifetime bans on satirical account Babylon Bee, Kathy Griffin, and Jordan Peterson.
“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated,” Musk wrote. “Vox Populi, Vox Dei.”
According to Musk, the survey was viewed by over 134 million people.
Trump was previously banned from Twitter during the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol Building for allegedly instigating violence or for fear of using the platform in such a way.
“Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk added in a subsequent tweet, a Latin phrase that translates to “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”
Musk also considered using more polls to assess support for prospective measures in another tweet. He also mentioned to one user that he could add a feature that would allow him to poll all active users in a nation.
Trump’s Twitter username, @realDonaldTrump, has been enabled, and users may now tag him in tweets. There have been no additional tweets as of Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, Trump updated Truth multiple times on Saturday, including tweets on his ongoing New York trials, the FBI, and the midterm election results.
Trump told Fox News Digital in April that even if he was restored, he would not return to Twitter.
“I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH,” Trump said at the time. “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.”
Since taking over the site, Musk has received near-constant criticism, as he has removed most of its senior leadership and personnel, redesigned the network’s subscription and verification structure, and announced a number of changes to its moderation.