In early 2021, Donald Trump, former U.S. president was banned from Twitter and other mainstream internet platforms. He was banned because he supported the January 6 rioters who attacked the U.S. Capitol.
He then went on to applaud Elon Musk for his $44 billion deal on his Twitter takeover on Truth Social. Truth Social is a social media service that his company, Trump Media & Technology Group, launched in 2022 after he was ousted from major social media platforms.
Donald Trump praised the new Twitter owner Elon Musk in a Truth Social post. “I am very happy that Twitter is now in sane hands, and will no longer be run by Radical Left Lunatics and Maniacs that truly hate our country. Twitter must now work hard to rid itself of all of the bots and fake accounts that have hurt it so badly. It will be much smaller, but better. I LOVE TRUTH!”
In May, Devin Nunes, the former GOP congressman who is now CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group, claimed that Trump “encouraged” Musk to acquire Twitter to “take on these tech tyrants.” Musk said that was false: “I’ve had no communication, directly or indirectly, with Trump, who has publicly stated that he will be exclusively on Truth Social.”
Meanwhile, Trump has previously insisted he would not re-join Twitter, regardless of who owns it. “I am not going on Twitter. I am going to stay on Truth,” Trump told Fox News in April. All that said, Musk wrote in an open letter that Twitter won’t become “a free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be said with no consequences.”