Donald Trump Returns to Twitter (or X, as Elon Musk Calls It)

It’s been a busy night time in Trumpland. On the identical night that the previous President was booked into jail in Georgia—thus spawning an unforgettable mugshot—Trump additionally returned to Twitter (which is now known as X, due to Elon Musk). The truth is, the primary new tweet from Trump is his mugshot. After leaving Georgia, Trump used the picture and the information of his give up to Fulton County authorities as a chance to advertise his 2024 presidential marketing campaign, unfurling a easy however very Trumpian tweet, which reads:

It’s arduous to not see this as a considerably momentous occasion for Trump, who used to like tweeting however was unceremoniously shitcanned from the platform in January of 2021, not lengthy after the January sixth riot. Trump’s tweets had been repeatedly blamed for revving up the group that finally stormed the Capitol. Now, after a two yr exodus from the location, Trump seems to have chosen this specific second to re-launch his posting profession.

He in all probability might’ve returned to the location a lot sooner. In March of 2022, Elon Musk mentioned that he can be open to bringing Trump again on the platform. Nonetheless, Trump weirdly waited till this specific second to return to the location. Final April, Trump even claimed he had no real interest in returning to Twitter, calling the location “boring” and filled with bots; on the time, the previous President additional mentioned he a lot most well-liked to remain on his Twitter copy-cat web site, Reality Social.

Now, nonetheless, issues have modified. As Trump fights off a swarm of authorized battles whereas concurrently gearing up for one more presidential run, it should appear mighty arduous to keep away from the attract of a loudspeaker like Twitter (X, no matter). As a pulpit by which Trump can regularly get his aspect of the story out, the platform is just about unmatched on the net.

Trump’s minions have actually wasted no time in capitalizing on Trump’s mugshot, utilizing it to gin up assist for the beleaguered former President. Certainly, Trump’s resumption on the platform was principally handled like a celebration by sure quarters of Twitter, with “HE’S BACK” trending on the location. Amongst different excited voices that spoke up on Thursday night time, Trump acolyte, election-denier, and Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake tweeted that the previous President’s mugshot was a “rallying cry” for his supporters:

Don Jr., in the meantime, additionally tweeted out the picture, claiming that his father would quickly be “coming for” the “Deep State,” no matter that’s imagined to imply.

Conservative voices have principally handled Trump’s authorized troubles as a launching pad for the previous President’s 2024 marketing campaign. This has been an ongoing concern expressed by liberal commentators: that Trump’s group would use his courtroom proceedings as a way to galvanize his campaign and draw extra energetic assist from his slighted base. It might seem that these predictions are, thus far, coming true.