Trump fans have been clamoring for him to return to Twitter since Elon Musk lifted the company’s ban on the former president, but Donald has now said he has no plans to continue tweeting again. “I don’t see any reason for that,” he said.
But Elon Musk clearly wants it back:
And don’t tempt us… pic.twitter.com/8qNOXzwXS9
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 21, 2022
The problem is that Trump has reasons—potentially millions—for not getting back in line.
In question is Truth Social, a social media site owned by the Trump Media & Technology Group, owned by the 45th president. Trump created the app after it was banned from most social media, including Facebook and Twitter, but had to make some deals to get the platform off the ground. according to NY Post:
TMTG is Digital World Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) created to take Trump’s company public. signed a contract with
If Trump’s company went public only to devalue Truth Social by resuming his Twitter activity, thereby giving tens of millions of followers a reason to abandon the fledgling social media platform and return to Musk’s outfit, shareholders could sue him, legal expert Semaphore said.
Radio host Clay Travis doesn’t think that will stop him:
Two things about it: 1. Will he come back? I think the answer is yes. 2. Will it help his campaign? I don’t think the answer is clear. Joe Biden is the president. 2024 should be a referendum on his leadership. But with Twitter, Trump often makes the story his own.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) November 20, 2022
Complicating matters is Trump’s agreement stating that he must “generally post any social media post on Truth Social and cannot post the same post on any other social media site for 6 hours.”
“If later it will be seen that he never had such an intention [of remaining off Twitter] but he just wanted to convince people to go ahead and shut up [the SPAC deal] This is kind of a textbook securities fraud claim,” Eric Talley, a professor at Columbia Law School, told Semaphore.
Part of the value of Trump’s tweets was the immediacy and novelty they provided. A delay of six hours would have made his thoughts less interesting; if he said something newsworthy, we’d read about it in news outlets before it hit Twitter. Another issue is that Truth Social only operates in America and will not be able to reach a global audience like Trump Blue Bird has.
Trump claims that the reason he did not return was because he was worried about the future of the company.
“I heard we’re getting a lot of votes to get back on Twitter. I don’t see it because I don’t see any reason for it,” Trump said.
“It might make it, it might not,” he added, referring to Twitter’s recent internal turmoil.
Another factor is that if Trump were to start tweeting again, many would interpret it as a tacit admission that Truth Social has failed. Trump is many things, but he certainly isn’t inclined to admit failure.
As of this writing, Trump has 87.6 million followers on Twitter and 4.62 million followers on Truth Social.
One possible outcome: Donald, co-author of Trump: The Art of the Deal, works his deal-making magic and finds a way to tweet without incurring a financial loss.
Donald Trump was the best thing about Twitter and I would love to see him again. Elon Musk is the king of hotshots on the platform these days, but it would be great to watch them both drop truth bombs.
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