From the moment it became clear that Elon Musk would prevail in his bid to acquire Twitter, the Trump faithful waited with bated breath for The Donald to make The Announcement: Would he return to the social media platform from which he once held sway over millions of followers across the fruited plain?
On Monday, as reported by RedState, Trump’s answer came during comments to Fox News: “I am not going back to Twitter.” Trump made the declaration, twice, while also weighing in on Musk’s acquisition of the mega social media platform that never saw a conservative tweet it couldn’t wait to censor.
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.
We’re taking in millions of people, and what we’re finding is that the response on TRUTH is much better than being on Twitter. Twitter has bots and fake accounts, and we are doing everything we can.
Trump added, for emphasis: “The bottom line is, no, I am not going back to Twitter.”
The question now becomes, Will Trump keep his word? Is his vow to stay off Twitter permanent?
The answer depends in large part, I suspect, on whether or not Truth Social survives — about which, the debate continues. But all things considered, including the future or lack thereof of Truth Social, if I had to bet, my money would be placed on “Of course, Trump will be back on Twitter at some point.”
“The View” co-host Greg Gutfeld said it best on Monday: “He’s not going to be able to stop himself.”
I think this is bad news for Truth Social because he’s not gonna be able to help himself. He’s gonna hop back on.
Enigmatic co-host Geraldo Rivera agreed with Gutfeld:
I’m a big Elon Musk fan, and I assume because he’s a genius that this is a good deal for him. Knowing him for so many years, I’ll think he’ll change his mind in 10 minutes.
Jeannine Pirro, also a longtime Trump friend, agreed: “He will.”
Dano Perino made it four: “That’s my dream.”
Here’s the thing: Pride aside, from a strategic position, why would Trump not return to Twitter? Fledgling competition? I suppose, but even in that case, Trump kicking out tweets, just like the “good old days,” would not only expose his thoughts to millions of people who otherwise wouldn’t see them (including TDS-riddled liberals), given there’s no way he isn’t running in 2024, but he could also pimp Truth Social, which would make a hell of a lot of sense, as well.
Again, other than pride, in my not so humble opinion, it would be foolish for Trump to continue to refuse to return to Twitter if the option becomes available — and of course, it will.
Besides, if we’ve learned anything about Donald Trump from the moment he and Melania rode down a Trump Tower escalator on June 16, 2015, to formally announce his presidential candidacy, it has been about his near-total inability to stop himself from doing pretty much anything, including firing back at the least of slights from the least of antagonists, delivering blistering beatdowns to former members of his cabinet he had previously lauded to high heaven for veering off the Trump track, or worst of all, disagreeing with him publically.
That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. The question is, will Donald stick to his?
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