Elon Musk tries to entice Donald Trump back onto his Twitter account with bad-taste memes – as megastar ex-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger insists ex-president’s political career is finished
- Elon Musk used his platform as boss of Twitter to extend a olive branch to Donald Trump Sunday, a day after Trump rebuffed his invitation to rejoin the platform
- The seemingly sarcastic declaration from Musk, 51, came in the form of a stream of memes made at the expense of the former head of state
- Less than a day before, Trump, 76, who recently announced a renewed presidential bid for 2021, was reinstated to Twitter by Musk
- In his string of posts, Musk lambasted Trump for turning down his offer, suggesting the ex-president was fighting his innermost urges in the process
- Also quick to razz the politician over the weekend was fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, who in an interview said his political career is finished
The seemingly sarcastic declaration from Musk, 51, came in the form of a stream of memes made at the expense of the former head of state – and honed in on his recently aired decision, in particular.
Less than a day before, Trump, who recently announced a renewed presidential bid for 2021, was reinstated to Twitter by Musk, who completed his $44billion purchase of the platform after nearly a year of negotiations last month.
In his string of posts, Musk, true to his trademark outspokenness on social media, lambasted Trump for turning down his offer, suggesting the ex-president was fighting his innermost urges in the process.
One such post featured a painting of a pious monk – labeled in bold letters as ‘Donald Trump’ – engaged in deep prayer while a woman poses suggestively in front of him. The woman, seemingly seeking to seduce the monk, is juxtaposed with with a Twitter logo that covers her otherwise exposed nether-regions.
The monk, meanwhile, meant to symbolize the tempted former president, remains locked in prayer while purposefully looking away from his would-be seductress.
Another shared by the South African mogul showed a still from the television show Family Guy, where one of the characters appears disheveled and tempted by a bottle of prescription pills.
In this case, the character is again characterized with a caption as ‘Donald Trump’ – whereas the pills in the photo’s foreground is likened to ‘his reinstated Twitter account.’
Also quick to razz the conservative politician over the weekend was fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, who in an interview Friday declared Trump’s political career is finished, and that the aspiring head of state should step aside for other, more promising members of their party.
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Elon Musk used his recently obtained platform as boss of Twitter to extend a olive branch to Donald Trump on Sunday, a day after he rebuffed Musk’s invitation to rejoin the platform
Less than a day before, Trump, who recently announced a renewed presidential bid for 2021, was reinstated to Twitter by Musk, who completed his $44billion purchase of the platform after nearly a year of negotiations last month
‘I think that’s the past,’ the former California governor told FOX 11’s Elex Michaelsonof Trump’ 2024 aspirations. ‘I think that we have too much into the future.
The 75-year-old Terminator star added: ‘And I think there are very talented people in this country and the Republican side that can run.’
Meanwhile, Trump -the owner of competing social media site Truth Social – and Musk have been locked in a bitter war of words for months now, after an assertion from Trump over the summer that Musk lied about voting for him during his ill-fated presidential run in 2020.
Musk, who was rumored to be on good terms with Trump during his term from 2016 to 2020, has since responded to the claims in his characteristically flippant manner, offering posts that lampooned the again aspiring president on an almost regular basis.
That trend continued Sunday night, when Musk unleased his latest onslaught of senseless memes – with Trump being his intended target.
One such post featured a painting of a pious monk – labeled in bold letters as ‘Donald Trump’ – engaged in deep prayer while a woman poses suggestively in front of him. The woman, seemingly seeking to seduce the monk, is juxtaposed with with a Twitter logo that covers her otherwise exposed nether-regions (not seen here due to its graphic nature)
Another shared by the South African mogul showed a still from the television show Family Guy, where one of the characters appears disheveled and tempted by a bottle of prescription pills
In other posts, Musk took aim at other opponents such as CBS News, who said it would take a hiatus from tweeting from its official account over ‘security concerns’ stemming over the Tesla exec’s acquisition of the company.
The online barrage from Musk – who pulled out of $44b deal to buy the social media platform this summer – came after previous online barbs saw the mogul slam Trump as a liar, and ‘too old’ to run for president.
The claims came in response to a June appearance by Trump where he mocked Musk as a liar ‘Bull***t artist.’
Musk, who was rumored to be on good terms with Trump during his term from 2016 to 2020, has since responded to the claims in his characteristically flippant manner, offering posts that lampooned the again aspiring president on an almost regular basis
That insult was triggered by an assertion days earlier from Trump that Musk was duplicitous and his only allegiance is to money, and that the billionaire businessman lied about voting for him during his ill-fated presidential run in 2020.
The accusation referred to a Tweet from Musk where bragged about casting a ballot for new Texas Congresswoman Maya Flores – the first time, according to the CEO, that he had ever voted Republican.
Trump seemingly took issue with the endorsement, and accused Musk of lying about his political allegiance.
The pair, previously on good terms, have since seen their relationship rapidly devolve in recent months – a stark fall from grace from a period where Musk visited the White House and several high profile Washington events multiple times, and during which Trump touted Musk as ‘one of our great geniuses’ of our time.
Any hopes for the friendship looked to take a nosedive in July, when Musk revelaed he was leaning toward Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for for the upcoming president – a pseudo-endorsement that looked to slight Trump for his main political rival.
Also quick to razz the politician, who last week announced a new bid for president was fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, who in an interview Friday declared the aspiring head of state should step aside for other, more promising members of their party
Over the weekend, Trump addressed his Twitter reinstatement for the first time, as well as Musk’s takeover of the site, and whether or not he actually plans to tweet again, at a rally in Las Vegas.
Via video call-in, Trump said he’d heard Musk’s poll was getting a big response, but that he doesn’t ‘see any reason for it (a return to Twitter).’
‘They have a lot of problems at Twitter. You see what ‘s going on. It (the company) may make it, it may not make it, but the problems are incredible and the engagements are negative,’ he said.
‘You have a lot of bots and you have a lot of fake accounts, which I think they should get on. But Truth Social has taken the place for a lot of people and I don’t see them going back onto Twitter,’ he said.
Since being kicked off Twitter in January of 2021, following the Capitol breach, the former president launched his own short form social media platform – Truth Social.
The site, which is headed by former GOP congressman Devin Nunes, has been plagued with its fair share of glitches, though Trump and its executives continue to tout its success.
Musk polled the crowd about the decision to reinstate the former president’s account. The Yes votes won out by nearly four percent and Trump’s account was reinstated over the weekend – though Trump hours later would publicly reject Musk’s offer
Truth Social has been Trump’s main source of direct communication with his followers since he began posting on the app regularly in May.
He has used Truth Social to promote his allies, criticize opponents and defend his reputation amid legal scrutiny from state, congressional and federal investigators.
‘The press hate to talk about it, but it’s doing phenomenally well,’ Trump told the RJC panel of Truth. ‘I think engagement is much better than it is with Twitter, and it’s taking care of voices that really want to be taken care of, and really smart voices.’
‘Truth Social has been very, very powerful, very, very strong. And I’ll be staying there,’ he added.
Trump has some 4.57 million followers on his Truth Social platform.
Though the former president did take to Truth to ask his followers to ‘vote now with positivity’ on Musk’s poll about whether or not to reinstate his Twitter account.
Prior to his ban on January 8, 2021, Trump had some 88 million followers on the app and frequently communicated some of his more candid thoughts via the platform.
Musk said in May he planned to reverse Trump’s ban, but ultimately left the decision up to users of the platform.
Trump said he supports Musk’s takeover of the platform.
‘I’ve always liked him,’ Trump said of Musk. ‘I got along with him very well during my days as president and I got to know him pretty well.’
‘He’s a character, and I tend to like characters, but he’s smart,’ he added.
At present, Trump has not yet posted anything on Twitter. His account currently has 83 million followers and his final tweet addresses the whether he would attend Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Musk brought back the Twitter account of former President Donald Trump after he was kicked off the site for posts made after the January 6 Capitol riot. The two are pictured here meeting in the Oval Office. Their relationship has since deteriorated
Prior to his ban, Trump’s tweets would move the markets, set the news cycle and drove the agenda in Washington.
On Tuesday, Trump announced he was running for president once again in 2024.
Earlier last week, Musk revealed Twitter had reinstated some controversial accounts that had been banned or suspended, including satirical website Babylon Bee and comedian Kathy Griffin.
The Chief Twit, who dubbed the day ‘Freedom Friday,’ announced that Griffin, who had called him an ‘a******,’ would be reinstated on the social media after she was suspended for impersonating him on Twitter last week.
The Babylon Bee – which had its account restricted in march for naming U.S. assistant secretary for health Rachel Levine, a transgender woman, ‘Man of the Year’ – got full access to its account as well.
Along with reinstating the three accounts, Musk, who describes himself as a champion of free-speech, outlined the company’s latest policy regarding that very issue.
‘New Twitter policy is freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach,’ Musk tweeted. Negative/hate tweets will be max deboosted & demonetized, so no ads or other revenue to Twitter.
‘You won’t find the tweet unless you specifically seek it out, which is no different from rest of Internet.’
The Chief Twit added: ‘Note, this applies just to the individual tweet, not the whole account.’
Musk, meanwhile, has yet to officially endorse DeSantis for 2024 – but DeSantis, in contrast, has expressed support for the new Tesla CEO.
Speaking at a conference in Madeira Beach over the summer, DeSantis, 44, commented on news of Musk’s potential support with a joke that played off the billionaire’s South African heritage.
‘I’m focused on 2022, but I welcome support from African Americans,’ the conservative quipped.
The Florida governor has yet to announce formally announce a presidential run.