The Twitter headquarters is seen in San Francisco, California, United States, on Sept. 27, 2022. (Ayfun Coskun/Getty Images)
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- Elon Musk reinstated the Twitter account of former President Donald Trump on Saturday.
- Although the @realDonaldTrump account is active again, several tweets from January 6 are gone.
- A tweet attacking Mike Pence’s bravery and another about the riots appear to have been deleted.
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After Elon Musk reinstated Donald Trump’s Twitter account on Saturday, some of the former president’s tweets from the day of the Capitol riots appeared to have been deleted.
A transcript of Trump’s tweets from January 6, 2021, compiled by the American Presidency Project at the University of California, Santa Barbara, suggested that several posts were missing after the tweet. @realDonaldTrump account was reactivated.
“Mike Pence did not have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution by giving states the opportunity to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones they were previously asked to certify. Trump tweeted at 2:24 pm on January 6, amid riots in which his supporters had violently stormed the Capitol in an effort to prevent the certification of the election, “America Demands the Truth!”
Also missing was a post Trump made after 6 p.m. the same day, saying, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously robbed of great patriots who have been mistreated and mistreated.” unfairly for so long.” a long time. Go home with love and in peace. Remember this day forever!”
It was not immediately clear why the tweets were missing or when they were removed. Representatives for Twitter and Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.
Other posts by the former president that day appear to have been unaltered, though many of his tweets containing claims about voter fraud include a warning that the information is disputed.
Trump’s follower count also fluctuated wildly after he was reinstated. Ryan Mac, a technology reporter for The New York Times, he said in a tweet it may take time to restore back-end profile connections, adding that “the same thing happened in 2017 when a Twitter contractor went rogue and deactivated Trump’s profile.”
Trump was banned from Twitter on January 8, 2021, following the siege of the United States Capitol. “After a close review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context surrounding it, we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence,” the company said in a statement. a tweet announcing the ban.
Although the billionaire owner of Twitter has previously spoken about his belief that the decision to ban Trump was “morally wrong and utterly stupid,” Musk raised the issue of Trump’s reinstatement with his supporters in a poll on Friday. As of Saturday night, the poll showed that 51.8% of respondents voted “Yes” while 48.2% voted “No.”
“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk wrote in a tweet on Saturday, using a Latin phrase that translates as “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”