On Saturday night, Elon Musk revealed the results of his Twitter poll — which asked users whether he should reinstate former President Donald Trump’s account. After finding out that the former president would be allowed back on the platform, leftists soon began melting down, with one journalist asking “how many Americans will die” because Trump is “back onto Twitter?”
“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk wrote, using a Latin phrase which roughly translates to “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
The news came following Musk’s poll, which found that 51.8% of users supported reinstating Trump’s account, while 48.2% opposed it. There were a total of 15,085,458 votes in the poll.
The former president — who has vowed to never return to Twitter after creating his own social media platform, Truth Social — has yet to make a statement about his reinstatement, neither publicly, on Twitter, nor on his Truth Social account.
Trump’s Twitter account was viewable again shortly after 8 p.m. Eastern time. Though his follower count was reset back to zero, it was quickly adding back up.
Earlier Saturday, before the poll results were finalized, the former president gave a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition via livestream. During the speech, Trump said that he was aware of Musk’s poll, but claimed that he had seen “a lot of problems at Twitter.”
“I hear we’re getting a big vote to also go back on Twitter. I don’t see it because I don’t see any reason for it,” he said.
“It may make it, it may not make it,” Trump added, apparently referring to Twitter’s recent internal turmoil.
Meanwhile, leftists on Twitter are having a complete meltdown over Trump being allowed back on the platform.
“How many Americans will die because @elonmusk brought @realDonaldTrump back onto Twitter?” asked journalist David Leavitt.
“For @elonmusk to allow Donald Trump back on Twitter, ostensibly after a brief poll, shows he is not remotely serious about safeguarding the platform from hate, harassment and misinformation,” claimed Jonathan Greenblatt of the Anti-Defamation League.
Greenblatt also claimed in a follow-up tweet that Musk’s “decisions over the last month have been erratic and alarming, but this decision is dangerous and a threat to American democracy. We need to ask — is it time for Twitter to go?”
Musk actually responded to Greenblatt’s unhinged Twitter rant, with what appeared to be a sarcastic quip: “Hey stop defaming me!”
Benjamin Wittes, senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, sent out a long-winded tweet about how he does not “intend to share a platform with Donald Trump again,” though he quickly added the caveat “at least not more than I have to.”
“I do not intend to share a platform with Donald Trump again—at least not more than I have to,” Wittes tweeted. “I will not exit Twitter entirely, as I have Lawfare content to promote and Twitter is useful for many things. That said, I don’t plan to spend time here any more for purposes other than reading news and promoting our work. For those who wish to follow my work, thoughts, and sillinesses, I will be migrating most of that to Substack and Mastodon and Facebook/Instagram.”
“I am not leaving, but I’m leaving if you know what I mean,” he added.