Candidate ‘less divisive’ than Trump should be elected: Musk

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Candidate 'less divisive' than Trump should be elected: Musk

Elon Musk on Thursday said a candidate “less divisive” than Donald Trump should be elected to the White House in 2024 — but the Tesla Tycoon reiterated his belief that the former president should be back on Twitter.

Musk, 50, shared his opinion on Twitter, which he is set to own following last month’s approval by the social media platform’s board of his $44 billion takeover bid.

“Even though I think a less divisive candidate would be better in 2024, I still think Trump should be restored to Twitter,” the South African native wrote.

Since his Twitter buyout proposal, Musk has said he will ease moderation restrictions and hinted at charging businesses to use the site. Musk also said he planned to convert the company’s headquarters into a homeless shelter. 

Trump was permanently banned from Twitter after the riots at the Capitol last January “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the company said.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey said the company was “wrong” to ban Trump earlier this week.

“Generally permanent bans are a failure of ours and don’t work,” the former CEO said.

Founder and CEO of Tesla Motors Elon Musk speaks during a media tour of the Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada, U.S. July 26, 2016.
Though he believes Donald Trump should be allowed back on Twitter, Elon Musk said a “less decisive” candidate than the former president should be elected in 2024.
REUTERS/James Glover II
President Donald Trump speaks at the White House in Washington, on Nov. 5, 2020.
Trump was permanently banned from Twitter in 2021.
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