Donald Trump’s Twitter account was restored on Saturday. The former US President’s re-entry on the micro-blogging site was just as dramatic as his exit. The platform’s new billionaire owner Elon Musk conducted a poll in which a minor majority felt that Trump should be back on the microblogging site.
“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated,” Musk tweeted, shortly after the 24-hour Twitter poll on his account ended.
“Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” he added, repeating a Latin phrase he also posted Friday, meaning “The voice of the people is the voice of God.”
The people have spoken.
Trump will be reinstated.
Vox Populi, Vox Dei. https://t.co/jmkhFuyfkv
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 20, 2022
More than 15 million people — out of 237 million daily Twitter users — voted on whether to reinstate the controversial profile, with 51.8 percent in favor and 48.2 percent against.
This happens days after the former US president announced another White House bid.
Trump’s account was banned from the platform early last year for his alleged role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol by a mob of his supporters seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Trump is known for making no holds barred Twitter, often stirring controversy. In fact, during his presidency he bypassed traditional media that he would reject as “fake news” and use Twitter as his mouthpiece for making policy announcements, targeting political rivals and connecting with his supporters.
Musk’s poll asked for a simple “yes” or “no” response to the statement “Reinstate former President Trump,” which the billionaire Twitter boss posted Friday.
“Fascinating to watch Twitter Trump poll!” Musk mused Saturday morning in a blast of tweets from the controversial and hard-charging new owner of the one-to-many messaging platform.
He has posed similar polls in the past, asking followers last year if he should sell stock in his electric car company Tesla. Following that poll, he sold more than $1 billion in shares.