Donald Trump Finally Discusses His Future With Twitter

Donald Trump's reinstated Twitter account sparked some big unanswered questions. The former president was banned from Twitter after the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, with Twitter explaining that "After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence."

After new Twitter CEO Elon Musk overturned Trump's ban, The Daily Beast's Matt Fuller tweeted about the decision with concern: "The reason Donald Trump was kicked off Twitter is that, after he directed an angry mob to the Capitol to overturn the election, Twitter (and Facebook) decided there was a significant risk he'd cause more violence."

Worries about allowing Trump back on Twitter grew louder after a man killed five people and injured 25 more at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs early on November 20. CNN reported that the Club Q shooter was 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich. Former Colorado Congressional candidate Adam Frisch tweeted, "This potentially hate-fueled violence is an outgrowth of the divisive rhetoric in this country. It must stop." Congresswoman Sharice Davids tweeted, "We are seeing that angry rhetoric has real consequence."

Anti-gun violence advocate Shannon Watts tweeted that the Colorado Springs shooter was the grandson of a California State legislator who likened January 6 to the Revolutionary War. In the midst of the chaos, Trump discussed his future on Twitter.

Donald Trump says he's staying on Truth Social

Now that Elon Musk officially owns Twitter, he invited Donald Trump back to the social network, but the former president declined. Attorney Ron Filipkowski tweeted: "Trump was asked today about Elon Musk's poll to reinstate him: 'He's a character. I tend to like characters. But I have something called Truth Social. It's doing phenomenally well. Engagement is much better. I'll be staying there. I don't see it. I don't see any reason for it.'"

The Daily Mail reported Trump's answer came during a video call with the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Meeting and Musk's invite. Trump told the audience, "They have a lot of problems at Twitter. You see what's going on. [Twitter] may make it, it may not make it, but the problems are incredible and the engagements are negative." The 45th president added, "You have a lot of bots and you have a lot of fake accounts, which I think they should get on. But Truth Social has taken the place for a lot of people, and I don't see them going back onto Twitter."

But some Twitter users are skeptical that the former president is sincere about staying on Truth Social. One Trump skeptic tweeted: "Trump recently said he doesn't plan on coming back to Twitter even if Musk reinstated his account because he loves Truth Social so much. So we can expect Trump to send his first tweet tonight or by morning the latest." Stay tuned!