Although he has sworn not to use the social network anymore, Donald Trump has still accumulated hundreds of thousands of new followers on Twitter since the return of his account last week.
On Saturday, November 19, new Twitter owner Elon Musk, 51, confirmed he would allow the former president to return to his previously beloved social media site after the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla posed the question of a possible reinstatement in a Twitter poll.
The survey received more than 15 million votes, with 51.8% of users saying Trump should be allowed to get his Twitter account back.
Trump was initially permanently banned from the platform over fears he could use it to incite further violence following the Jan. 6, 2021, uprising on Capitol Hill.
“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted later, quoting the Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”
The reinstatement came days after Trump confirmed he would run for president again in 2024.
Almost immediately, the former president began to see most of his original 88 million followers returning to him on Twitter. It’s likely that since-deleted bots and other deleted accounts mean he hasn’t been able to regain his full follower number, which he had before his account was suspended in January 2021.
As of Nov. 20, the day after Trump’s account returned, the former president had 87,282,388 Twitter followers, according to SocialBlade.
Over the next few days, the Republican gained 330,353, 86,796 and 25,002 new subscribers respectively, as well as just over 7,818 on the morning of November 24.
In total, Trump appears to have been followed by 449,969 new accounts since his account was reinstated by Musk, totaling more than 87.7 million followers.
By comparison, President Joe Biden’s official POTUS Twitter account has gained 212,562 new followers since Nov. 20, with his @JoeBiden account gaining 22,272.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, considered Trump’s main challenger for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, gained 82,135 new followers for his @GovRonDeSantis account during the same period and 18,685 for his personal @RonDeSantisFL account. .
Trump has hinted that he is unlikely to return to posting on Twitter and will instead remain active on his Truth Social platform.
Speaking to a panel at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting on Nov. 19, Trump said the Truth Social app, which was developed by his Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) team, is “exploding “.
He added, “It works phenomenally well. The press hates to talk about it, but it works phenomenally well. I think the engagement is much better than with Twitter.
“But I hear we’re getting a big vote to come back on Twitter as well. I don’t see it because I don’t see any reason for it,” the former president said. “They have a lot of problems on Twitter, you see what’s going on. It may do it, it may not.”
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