Tucker Carlson and other conservatives cheer Musk purchase on Twitter

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It’s been roughly a month since Fox News host Tucker Carlson was suspended from his Twitter account for supporting tweets that misrepresent the gender of Assistant Health Secretary Rachel Levine, the country’s highest-ranking transgender official.

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But after news broke on Monday that Elon Musk had acquired Twitter for $44 billion, Carlson, who hasn’t tweeted since the incident, was among the conservatives who not only gleefully celebrated the takeover but announced their return. on Twitter.

“We’re back,” he tweeted an hour before the Monday night show. However, the March 22 tweet referring to Levin appears to have been deleted.

Carlson, whose show falsely suggested that the world’s richest man “liberated” the previously suspended Fox host by buying Twitter, said Musk’s purchase could be a “turning point” for conservatives who have made unfounded accusations that tech companies are censoring their speech.

“The reason that today’s Twitter sale is big news – the reason it could be a turning point in our history – is because Elon Musk doesn’t agree with the rest of the billionaires in the tech business,” Carlson said, citing the tweet. from Musk earlier in the day on free speech.

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Carlson wasn’t the only Fox character to say they were back on Twitter because of Musk. He was joined by Fox News host Mark Levine, who also announced that he was back on the platform “thanks to a new owner.” Others, such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, of Georgia, whose personal account was permanently suspended earlier this year for spreading misinformation about the pandemic, have predicted that her account will be reinstated when Musk takes over.

“Get ready for a full blown blue tick crash after @elonmusk makes a deal and I have to rebuild my personal Twitter account,” she tweeted.

The backlash from conservatives comes as Musk is expected to run a highly influential social network that serves as a platform for political leaders, a mouthpiece for industry experts, and a clearinghouse for millions of ordinary users. Owning Twitter gives Musk, who said he considers the platform essential to the functioning of democracy, power over extremely important social and political issues, and perhaps most importantly the ban on former President Donald Trump that the site enacted in response on Jan. 6. . , 2021 Riot in the Capitol.

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Despite conservatives saying it was “a great week to get @realdonaldtrump released” and calling for Musk to be reinstated, the former president told Fox News on Monday he had no plans to return to Twitter. It remains unclear whether Musk will lift the Trump ban in the name of unrestricted free speech. For now, Trump has said he will be posting on Truth Social, a Twitter clone that has bet on the exclusive use of his online brand.

“I want everyone to come to the TRUTH – conservatives, liberals, anyone,” Trump said. “Reaction on TRUTH is much better than on Twitter.”

Musk is about to take over a platform whose users mostly identify themselves as Democrats or Liberals. Recent data showed that 67 percent of Twitter users lean toward Democrats compared to 30 percent who lean toward Republicans, according to CNN.

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Carlson was banned from his account with over 5 million followers last month after he tweeted that it was “true” to describe Levine, a transgender woman, as a man. The Fox News anchor agreed with the conservative accounts of Babel Bee and activist Charlie Kirk, who were blocked for calling her a “man”. Babylon Bee has gone so far as to name Levin their “Person of the Year” for 2022.

“But wait. Both of these tweets are correct,” wrote Carlson, judging by the screenshots of the deleted tweet.

While Chiron suggested on his Monday night show that Musk had “reinstated” free speech and Carlson’s account, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed to The Washington Post that Carlson had been suspended for “violating Twitter’s rules on hateful behavior.” According to Twitter, such rules include “purposefully misrepresenting the gender or dead names of transgender people.”

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“The account owner was required to delete the offending tweet and spend 12 hours in read-only mode before regaining full access to their account,” a spokesperson said.

It’s unclear when the tweet referring to Levin was removed from Carlson’s timeline. A spokesperson for Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment early Tuesday.

On his show on Monday, Carlson referred to Musk’s tweet that the billionaire hoped “even my worst critics will stay on Twitter because that’s what freedom of speech is all about.” Carlson then repeated the oft-used conservative argument that big tech is stifling their freedom of speech.

“Unlike the leaders of Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon, Elon Musk believes in free speech. He believes that everyone should be allowed to speak, including those who disagree with him,” Carlson said. “Now it sounds like a purely American sentiment, but in this atmosphere it’s a revolutionary stance.”

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When conservatives on social media echoed Carlson’s support for Musk’s takeover of Twitter, liberal critics were quick to point out that the Fox host’s return to the platform came after Levine’s tweet was deleted.

“Tucker Carlson’s social media team is implying this has something to do with Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, but in reality they just deleted the tweet that got them suspended, which misrepresented the gender of Admiral Rachel Levin,” Ari tweeted. Drennen, LGBT coordinator. liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America.

But Carlson, who did not reveal the status of his Twitter account on his show, argued that Musk’s takeover of the platform was “the left’s worst nightmare.”

“After today, you will be able to post your disagreement in a place where other people can have a reasonable chance of seeing it,” he said. “In other words: you will have a chance to change other people’s minds.”

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