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Left-leaning writer Jill Filipovic raised concerns this week that former President Donald Trump could return to Twitter after Elon Musk’s takeover of the social media giant could lead to him winning the presidency in 2024.
In an op-ed on Tuesday, the liberal columnist sought to caution ‘progressive and liberal commentators’ against assuming that Trump’s return to Twitter would hurt his chances of winning another election, and that the president’s failure Biden to implement his “promised agenda” could also propel Trump forward.
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“Elon Musk has just thrown a wrench in the next US presidential election – to Donald Trump’s benefit,” Filipovic wrote on CNN. “With the man believed to be the world’s richest Twitter marketer, the platform is likely to undergo some big changes. Among them: changes to the terms of service that would allow currently banned users to return. This could include the former president.”
Trump was suspended from Twitter following the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol over fears new tweets could incite violence.
Filipovic noted that there was speculation Trump would return to the platform under Musk’s ownership, though the former president has repeatedly said he wouldn’t choose to start tweeting again if he had the possibility.
Trump launched his own social media platform, Truth Social, last month and posted there for the first time on Thursday, marking the first time he has posted on social media in more than a year.
“Trump’s return to Twitter, some commentators say, would be a giveaway for Democrats,” Filipovic wrote, citing the argument that his tweets would remind voters he was “unbalanced”, “disturbed” and “dangerous”. , which would result in wins. for Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections, and increase the odds that he will lose the 2024 election if he decides to run.
“I’m not so sure,” she said.
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Filipovic shared his perspective on Trump’s shock victory in the 2016 presidential election, his ability to own news cycles with his “antics” and the normalization of his actions.
“A lot of this was made possible by Twitter,” she claimed. “Every time Trump tweeted, he got the attention of every political reporter in the country. For him, that was an absolute boon.”
“In 2024, however, Trump will show up after four years of boring competence (and frankly, after four years in which Democratic incumbent Joe Biden likely failed to deliver on a promised agenda),” Filipovic wrote. “With some distance, plus a tough economy and rising consumer prices, the Trump threat might not seem so acute, and a stable Democratic hand might not seem so appealing.”
“Already, progressive and liberal commentators and politicians are falling back on the same assumptions that helped Trump win in 2016: that his outlandish tweets hurt him,” she added.
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She said Trump was not trying to win over the Liberal Democrats, the group with whom she argued his “outlandish tweets” hurt him the most, but that he was getting the attention of normal people who follow politics “like whether the elections were sporting events or reality television”. shows.”
“For people who take politics seriously, this kind of inanity is hard to comprehend. For Trump, it’s the playbook,” Filipovic wrote.
“And maybe that’s his path to victory,” she concluded.
Trump has yet to say whether he will run for president in 2024; however, in an interview with SiriusXM’s Americano Media, he predicted that people would be “very happy” when he announced his intentions after the midterms.