EXCLUSIVE: Cruz, Gaetz, Blackburn Weigh in on Elon Musk’s Twitter Offer

April 14th, 2022 5:35 PM

Conservative lawmakers were optimistic about billionaire Elon Musk’s offer to purchase Twitter for $43 billion. The legislators slammed Twitter’s censorship in exclusive comments to MRC Free Speech America.

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) indicated to MRC that Twitter’s pro-censorship stance could shift if Musk buys the social media platform.

Cruz slammed Twitter’s brazen censorship. “Twitter openly censors speech based on political views and makes a mockery of our Constitutional liberties,” Cruz said in a statement to MRC. “If Elon Musk can turn that around to actually protect free speech and encourage open discourse, we'd all be better off.”

Blackburn agreed. She noted Big Tech targets anyone sharing an alternate viewpoint. “Twitter’s censors are freaking out about Elon Musk because they can’t buy his silence,” Blackburn told MRC Free Speech America. “It’s clear big tech can’t handle people with a different viewpoint.”

Gaetz jested about Twitter’s censorship practices. “After they kicked Trump, MTG [Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA)], and Babylon Bee off, Elon Musk and I are basically the only interesting accounts left,” Gaetz said. “I’m not in a position to buy Twitter at this time, so I’m glad Elon made a move.”

Musk, who also owns Tesla, offered to buy Twitter's outstanding stock, putting the company under new ownership and taking the public company private. Musk tweeted his U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing on April 14, saying, “I made an offer.” The tech billionaire slammed the censorship-heavy platform on its own doorstep March 26, tweeting, “Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy. What should be done?”

Media Research Center's CensorTrack database has documented 1,955 cases of censorship from Twitter. On April 13, Twitter suspended the popular account Libs of TikTok, after the account tweeted almost exclusively in recent days about the LGBT community's attitude toward children.

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