Susan Collins thinks Elon Musk should be allowed to return to Twitter

WASHINGTON. Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) has not been a fan of Donald Trump’s inflammatory tweets, repeatedly voicing concern about the former president’s attacks on fellow Republicans, Democrats and people of color, even naming one post “horrible“.

But now that Tesla CEO and self-styled free speech advocate Elon Musk is buying Twitter, the moderate Republican says Trump’s Twitter account should be reinstated.

“While I clearly disagree with many of President Trump’s tweets, I believe he should get his account back. It’s ironic to me that we allow Russian government sites to be on Twitter, but we don’t allow President Trump,” Collins told HuffPost on Tuesday, questioning what she called the “unequal” standards the social media company applied to remove Trump from the platform. .

Trump’s social media accounts were blocked after his supporters attacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Republicans have been protesting the censorship and prosecution of Big Tech ever since.

But Trump’s absence from Twitter has made life much easier for Republicans in many ways. They are no longer being asked about Trump’s tweets in the corridors of Capitol Hill and how his mad thoughts are running the news cycle, drowning out their preferred message of the day.

One would think they don’t want to deal with the headache caused by Trump again, but neither of them were brave enough to say so publicly on Tuesday. Most GOP senators either obeyed Musk, saying it was up to him, or avoided answering entirely.

Senator John Cornyn (D-Texas) noted, perhaps hopefully, that Trump Fox News told he had no plans to return to Twitter even if he was allowed to return, a message that was met with skepticism.

“He wants to be with Pravda, whatever it is,” Cornyn said, referring to Trump’s new social media venture, Truth Social, which has struggled to get off the ground.

Even Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah), another fierce critic of Trump, declined to speak out.

“Sorry, I won’t get into this fight,” Romney said.

Only a few GOP lawmakers have said they think Trump should be allowed to return.

“If Iranian leaders can be there and the Russians can be there, I think President Trump should be there,” Sen. Steve Danes (R-Idaho) said.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx) said Musk should “absolutely” let Trump return, calling the purchase “the most important free speech event in decades.”

Republicans have generally welcomed Musk’s purchase of Twitter, seeing it as a win-win in the GOP’s fight against perceived censorship by big tech.

And Musk presented himself as a free speech savior, calling Twitter “a digital town square where issues vital to the future of humanity are discussed” in a press release, where he also said he would improve the product.

But Musk has until he said what he will do about Trump, with Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal admitting “we don’t know which direction the platform will go” when asked by a staff member about lifting the ban.

One Republican organization didn’t hesitate to seize the opportunity of Trump’s return to Twitter: the Congressional Republican National Committee. On Tuesday, the NRCC sent out a fundraising petition to its members.demandingthat Musk will restore Trump.

However, many Republicans would rather stay out.

“I’ll leave that up to Elon Musk,” Senator Tom Tillis (NC) said. “I’ve had a lot of people who just thought something bad was going to happen because he bought Twitter, but we have to point to SpaceX Starlink and Tesla where he figured out how to run fairly competent companies.”

Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), a Trump ally, also conceded to Musk on the issue.

“Based on what Musk said, I think the ex-president will be reinstated, but I don’t have a view on that. [it],” Hawley told HuffPost.


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