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Nigel Farage urges Elon Musk to 'bring back' Donald Trump as Tesla CEO joins Twitter board

Mr Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter after the 45th President was deemed to have made posts which could risk “further incitement of violence” following the January 6 insurrection. However, allies to the ex-POTUS hope Mr Trump has been lent a new lease of life after Elon Musk purchased a 9.2 percent Twitter stake.

Nigel Farage, who supported Mr Trump and recently interviewed the former President on GB News, said on Twitter: “Musk joining the Twitter board is the first step in the right direction. Bring back Trump!”

The ex-Brexit Party leader’s comment was warmly received by his followers after more than 9,000 users liked the post.

Mr Musk had expressed both support and opposition to Mr Trump during his stint in the White House, including when he resigned from two advisory councils after the US was withdrawn from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The South African-born entrepreneur has also courted friends inside the Republican Party after vowing to protect free speech, which he said is “essential to a functioning democracy”.

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Mr Musk even asked his 80 million followers on March 25 whether they thought Twitter “rigorously” protects free speech and suggested the poll was “important”.

Texas’ GOP Congressman Lance Gooden, who co-founded the Freedom From Big Tech Caucus, also joined Mr Farage in voicing support for Mr Musk.

He said: “The fact that the world’s richest man chose to outright buy Twitter rather than develop a new platform shows Twitter’s monopoly power.

“I’m glad Elon Musk is stepping up to protect free speech but Congress must act to put the rest of big tech in their place.”

The platform, which looks very much like Twitter, has struggled to get off the ground, with many users left on a waiting list.

Two key executives have also quit the platform.



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