US Representative Ro Khanna, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference following a vote in the US House of Representatives to end US military involvement in the war in Yemen, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 4, 2019.
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althoug Elon Musk deal to buy Twitter has new questions On whether former President Donald Trump will be brought back to the podium, a Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday that the company is likely to do so if he runs for another term, regardless of its new ownership.
“If it’s the Republican candidate or if it’s a lead candidate, I think regardless of whether it’s Elon Musk, I think it’s likely that anyone on Twitter would have a hard time saying that person should be denied access to the podium,” Rep. Ro Khanna, D -California, by Andrew Ross Sorkin on CNBCcroak box. “
But Trump said on Monday that he would not return to… Twitter Even if Musk reversed the platform’s ban on the former president.
“I’ve been disappointed with the way Twitter is treating me,” former CNBC president Joe Kernan told me. “I won’t be back on Twitter.” Trump said he would instead join the Truth Social, which has been billed as an alternative to free speech to Big Tech platforms and is part of Trump Media & Technology Group.
Khanna said it was “appropriate” for Twitter to temporarily suspend Trump’s suspension for inciting violence after the January 6 rebellion at the US Capitol. But he questioned the idea that Twitter would be able to maintain its permanent ban on Trump’s account.
“I don’t think you can keep a top Republican challenger off a podium unless, again, there is bad behaviour,” Khanna said.
Khanna added that Twitter would need a plan for how it would deal with more abuse by Trump if it was brought back into service.
“The question is, if he enters the race in ’24 and is allowed to come back, what are the guarantees and the bulwarks that say if you incite violence again you will back off,” Khanna said. “But my sense is that the decision will be made regardless of whether it is Elon Musk.”
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.