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Republicans and Democrats in Congress were divided on Tuesday over Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, with Republicans hailing it as an opportunity to improve the platform and Democrats raising concerns about its future.
“In many ways, Twitter has been a dark, dark place. I hope it doesn’t get any darker,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York State.
“I think it’s great, God bless you. Great day for freedom and the First Amendment,” Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio told Fox News. “The left goes crazy when you have, what, the electric car maker who loves the First Amendment.”
Twitter’s board of directors on Monday unanimously approved Musk’s $44 billion offer to make the social media giant private on Monday. This adds to the list of notable companies controlled by Musk, the world’s richest man. Musk is also responsible for Tesla, SpaceX and The Boring Company, which specializes in underground tunnels.
On Tuesday, some Democrats said it was worrying that one man could control so much.
“When a billionaire accumulates that much power, he plays with a different set of rules than anyone else. That means one person can literally turn upside down how millions of people communicate across this country,” Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. . She said. “During this pandemic, billionaires have amassed more and more wealth, so they can buy any toys whatever power they want. And that’s a real problem in this country.”
“It’s a situation where he has to make clear rules about what’s appropriate and what’s not, and stick to those rules,” said Senator Jack Reed, Dr.
Reed added that Musk must “make sure it becomes a place where people can communicate and not a place where he or someone else can craft the message, and is communicated consistently, to the exclusion of others.” Read said he wasn’t sure if the billionaire was serious about that commitment.
Meanwhile, Republicans appeared excited about the possibility that Musk would change some content editing rules on Twitter, which they see as favoring Democrats.
“An amazing event,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky. “It would be interesting to see what impact it has on the way Twitter operates. But we are all watching it with great interest because there have certainly been our share of complaints about the way it has been operated in the past.”
Senator Mike Crabow, R-Idaho, was behind closed doors on the Senate subway when Fox News asked him how he felt about Musk’s purchase of Twitter. Through the subway window glass, Krabow smiled and flashed his thumbs up.
Meanwhile, Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, used Musk’s purchase of Twitter as an opportunity to lobby for job creation in Texas.
“He’s already moved Tesla and his boring company to Texas and of course has a huge presence with SpaceX,” Cornyn said. “So I think he should just move the whole kit and cabin to Texas.”
He was asked about the possibility of Trump returning to Twitter – something Politico I mentioned that many Republicans are particularly afraid — “it seems Trump has already made the decision to stay with his opponent,” Cornyn said.
Kelly Farris and Fox Business of Fox News contributed to this report.