On Friday, Elon Musk officially canceled a $44 billion bid to buy Twitter, appearing to crush former President Donald Trump’s and his supporters’ hopes that the social media network might relax content controls that have irritated conservatives. The action prompted new criticism of Twitter’s current management, particularly from Donald Trump Jr., who said it demonstrated that censorship is alive and well.
At a rally in Alaska on Saturday, former US President Donald Trump slammed entrepreneur Elon Musk, accusing him of “inconsistency”.
Trump said Musk’s recent declaration that he’d never voted Republican before this June contradicted what Musk had informed him about his past vote for the real-estate billionaire.
The former president then used expletives to describe the world’s richest man and criticized Musk’s acquisition of Twitter Inc., which he has subsequently opted to withdraw from, calling it “rotten.”
Trump also chastised the billionaire for not voting for Republicans previously. Musk announced in May that had previously supported Democrats, citing President Joe Biden’s backing for labor unions, but would now vote for the Republicans.
The remarks come after Musk expressed support for Ron DeSantis, the current governor of Florida and a favorite Republican candidate for the 2024 presidential election. So far, DeSantis is the most formidable potential Republican challenger to Trump, and Musk’s influence – he already has over 100 million followers on Twitter alone – might make his endorsement crucial.
Musk has already lauded Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. DeSantis is viewed as a possible rival to Trump in a Republican presidential race in 2024. Trump, on the other hand, chastised Musk for declaring that he would vote for a Republican for the first time.
The billionaire has consistently stated that he intends to remove practically all limits on what users may post, accusing Twitter of stifling free expression in its decision-making process. However, Twitter claims that it is not quite over. According to an anonymous source, the corporation has threatened to sue and complete the merger for the original sum. Twitter has fully answered all of Musk’s information requests and believes it has not violated the merger agreement.
Whoever violates the agreement could face a $1 billion penalty, reports say.