Donald Trump has predicted that Elon Musk will not buy Twitter and urged people to flock to his own social media platform, Truth Social.
The former chairman said he didn’t think the Tesla billionaire would go ahead with buying the tech company for $44 billion.
He claimed during a rally in Texas on Saturday that it was “because you have so many fake accounts with the bots.”
Trump’s remarks came a day after Musk tweeted that his deal to buy Twitter was “temporarily on hold.”
It was also two days after the Tesla founder said Trump should not run for president in 2024, but his Twitter ban should be lifted.
Trump predicted that Elon Musk would not buy Twitter at a rally in Austin, Texas on Saturday
On Thursday, Musk tweeted that while he felt Trump’s Twitter ban should be lifted, he believes the former president should not run for re-election.
Trump said at the rally yesterday: “I don’t think I’m going to buy Twitter,” Trump said of Musk, “because you have so many fake accounts with the bots…all different things.” I think it will be very interesting.
And he has some problems because he bought stocks that he shouldn’t have bought, he has a lot of problems with Twitter. But Twitter has many problems.
Trump then promoted his own Twitter-mimicking social media platform, Truth Social.
So go to Truth Social. I think you’ll find that Truth is great. We tell the truth! he exclaimed.
“I think it’s great that we have that name,” Trump continued, “we’re driving the radical left crazy.” We have something called truth. We do not say that we publish a tweet, we say, we publish a truth. They go totally crazy. So go sign up.
Trump was speaking at a rally in Austin, Texas, as part of his “American Freedom Tour,” where a marquee above the stage read “It’s Time to Take America Back.”
Trump launched Truth Social in 2021 after he was permanently banned from Twitter on January 8, days after his supporters stormed the Capitol and forced senators into secure rooms while they certified election results. favor of Biden. On Thursday, Musk tweeted that he felt the ban should be lifted.
On Friday, Musk (center) tweeted that his acquisition of Twitter is “on hold.” Many think the ad is a ploy to lower their purchase price.
“Although I think a less divisive candidate would be better in 2024, I still think Trump should be restored to Twitter,” Musk tweeted Thursday.
Musk said that Jack Dorsey, who was Twitter’s CEO until November 2021, agreed with him.
“I agree,” Dorsey tweeted, noting that he supported bans on sharing content such as child sexual exploitation (CSE), but not in general.
There are exceptions (CSE, illegal behavior, spam or network manipulation, etc), but usually permanent bans are our fault and don’t work, which I wrote about here after the event (and called for a strong social media protocol) . ).’
In April, Trump told CNBC’s Joe Kernen that he would not return to Twitter even if Musk allowed it.
Musk said he was still committed to buying the social media company for $44 billion pending an investigation into how many spam accounts there are on the site.
“No, I’m not going back on Twitter,” Trump told Kernen.
I’ll be on Truth Social in a week. It’s on time. We have a lot of people signed up. I like Elon Musk. I like him a lot. He is an excellent individual. We did a lot on Twitter when I was in the White House. I was disappointed in the way Twitter treated me. I will not return to Twitter,” Trump said.
On Friday morning, Musk threw his Twitter takeover bid into chaos by tweeting that the deal was “temporarily on hold” while he investigated the prevalence of fake and spammy accounts on the social networking site.
‘Whoever thought owning libraries would be cheap never tried to acquire a social media company!’ Musk tweeted on Saturday. He added: ‘At least, that’s what the hive lib thinks haha.’
‘Owning libs’ is internet slang used by conservatives that refers to defeating or embarrassing liberals in arguments.
However, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Washington Post: “We haven’t seen one iota of evidence that the deal is on hold.”
Trump said in April that even if his ban is lifted, he will not return to Twitter, citing how he has been treated in the past.
Former President Donald Trump was among many who speculated that Musk called off the purchase in hopes of negotiating a better deal.
“Things continue today like yesterday,” the person said.
Even Trump, commenting on Truth Social on Friday, suggested that Musk is looking to negotiate a better deal to buy Twitter after agreeing to pay $54.20 per share.
The former US president said the only reason the Tesla CEO hasn’t called off the Twitter deal yet was because of the $1 billion breakup fee.
“There is no way Elon Musk would buy Twitter at such a ridiculous price, especially as he realizes it is a company based heavily on BOTS or spam accounts,” Trump wrote while adding swipes at the rival social media company. .
“If it wasn’t for the ridiculous $1 billion breakup fee, Elon would be gone by now,” he added.