Former President Donald Trump has returned to Twitter, now called X, two years after the platform banned him.
Trump was arrested Thursday in Fulton County, Georgia, on highly controversial charges related to his challenging the officially announced 2020 election results. After his arrest, Trump released his mugshot both on his own TruthSocial platform and on X with the message “ELECTION INTERFERENCE NEVER SURRENDER!” It was Trump’s first tweet since he was “permanently banned” in Jan. 2021.
In Dec. 2022, The Twitter Files revealed what happened behind the scenes when the platform banned then-President Trump in January 2021. Employees compared him to Hitler, despite internal assessments that Trump had not violated the platform’s rules, according to screenshots included in The Twitter Files. The Twitter Files on the platform’s rule-twisting against Trump came soon after the platform’s new owner, Elon Musk, restored Trump’s account.
Musk himself quote-tweeted Trump’s mugshot with the comment, “Next-level.”
Trump had not yet posted on X despite having his account restored due to his previous exclusivity agreement with his TruthSocial platform. Trump did post on TruthSocial after his return to X, “I LOVE TRUTH SOCIAL. IT IS MY HOME!!!”
Trump’s X post of his mugshot has already gained 154 million views, 1.2 million likes, and 287,000 reposts as of the publication of this piece.
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