Donald Trump’s Twitter account was reactivated on Saturday after Elon Musk, the platform’s new owner, conducted a poll in which a tiny majority of respondents supported the decision, just days after the former US president began another White House candidacy.
Trump was barred from the platform earlier this year for his role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol by a crowd of his supporters wanting to reverse the 2020 election results.
“The populace has spoken. Musk tweeted shortly after the 24-hour poll ended, “Trump will be reinstated.”
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.
Trump, who had more than 88 million users when his account was suspended, reveled in using Twitter as a mouthpiece during his presidency, posting policy announcements, attacking political rivals and communicating with 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.
“Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” he wrote, repeating a Latin proverb he shared on Friday that translates as “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”