(Video: Fox News)
Somehow, it seems clear that under the surface of all the angst on the left over Elon Musk acquiring Twitter in the hope of making free speech fashionable again on social media, lies the shadow of Donald Trump.
As much as progressives appear to fear the possibility of alternative views being shared they loathe the former president and recoil at the possibility that he may be reinstated on Twitter — Trump was banned, supposedly for life, after the Jan. 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol.
As for that possibility, Fox News’s Geraldo Rivera suggested that Musk overpaid for Twitter with his $44 billion takeover bid if Trump doesn’t return.
Appearing on “Hannity,” Rivera cracked wise about Sunny Hostin of “The View” claiming that Musk was primarily concerned about the “free speech of straight white men,” telling host Sean Hannity and fellow panelist Dan Bongino, “It is a delight to be on the program with two of my favorite straight white men.”
“But really, it is very concerning to me that racism is thrown around so cavalierly. It just creeps me out when you think of how many people struggled so long and hard to get equality in this country, and, you know, these commentators on some of these progressive networks accuse you of racism just because you like Elon Musk,” he said. “Elon Musk is one of my favorite personalities, seriously. He has done amazing work with Tesla. He created this empire. He built himself, you know, this wonderful, wonderful business by his bootstraps. And Twitter really has been censoring.”
Rivera then played the Trump card.
“I fear only this — this is the one caveat I’ll bring up — if Donald Trump persists in insisting he will not be on Twitter and opting to be on Truth, I think that Elon Musk will have overpaid for Twitter because Twitter with Trump is a far more exotic product, it seems to me, than the opposite,” he opined. “I just hope that people recognize that the free enterprise system has a say in this. If people don’t dig what Elon Musk is doing with Twitter, then you will sign off and he will fail. If it goes the other way, as I suspect it will, then he will have made another great deal.”
Trump told Fox News recently, “I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH. I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH.”
“I think it is good. We want liberty and justice and fairness in our country, and the more we can have open, the better,” he added. “But no, I don’t view that as a competition for what I am doing.”
While Trump has yet to start posting on his new social media platform, Devin Nunes, the CEO of the Trump Media and Technology Group, promised that is “coming soon.” The media has been reporting that TRUTH has struggled out of the gate, but Musk shared this interesting tweet Tuesday:
Truth Social is currently beating Twitter & TikTok on the Apple Store pic.twitter.com/RxawVUAYKH
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 27, 2022
As for Rivera’s observation, others also believe that Trump’s participation makes Twitter a more valuable product, as seen here:
Congratulations again Elon. You are the man!
My only request to you is please let Donald Trump return to Twitter. Restore his account to how it was, so he doesn’t have to start from the scratch. Do this, and Twitter’s value will increase by at least 5%. Guaranteed!#TableShaker
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) April 25, 2022
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