Former President and 2024 candidate Donald Trump has lost interest in rejoining Twitter at a time when the platform would have him as a member again.
The results of a poll carried out on Friday among 15 million Twitter users by owner Elon Musk on the topic of whether Trump should be reinstated came out in favor of him, as 51.8% of users want to see the former president returned to the platform.
“Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” tweeted Musk Friday. The Latin phrase means “the voice of the people is the voice of God.” The poll was set to remain open for 24 hours.
Reinstate former President Trump
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2022
“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated,” Musk tweeted.
However, Trump said on Saturday he has “no reason” to return to Twitter after he was booted from the social media site for inciting violence following the deadly riots at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Trump, who responded to the ban by launching his own social media platform Truth Social, chuckled at the news and had not updated his @realDonaldTrump account with 72.4 million followers since it was restored.
“I don’t see any reason for it,” Trump said via video Saturday when asked about a potential return at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting.
Trump has nearly 5 million followers on Truth Social, whose shareholders were set to vote Tuesday on a merger with a blank-check acquisition that has penned a deal to take the company public for $1.3 million.
How Trump responded to Musk’s Twitter acquisition
Trump had earlier praised Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, saying that he was pleased that the company is now in “sane hands” and that he might utilize the platform in addition to Truth Social.
According to a May SEC filing, Trump is contractually required to grant Truth Social a six-hour exclusive on his missives, but he is free to post “political messaging, political fundraising, or get-out-the-vote efforts” on any website, at any time.