Trump says Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter is probably illegal


Donald Trump has lashed out at Elon Musk, calling the billionaire’s $44 billion Twitter takeover ‘probably illegal’ in a post on his own competing social media network, Truth Social.

In his post on Friday, Trump slammed Musk, claiming that he had lied when he said that he had previously voted Democrat but was switching his allegiance to the Republican Party.

Musk had tweeted this week: ‘In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party. But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican.’ 

‘Gee, Elon Musk never told me that until now he only voted for Democrats. Actually, it was quite the contrary,’ wrote Trump in his Truth Social post.

Donald Trump has lashed out at Elon Musk, calling the billionaire's $44 billion Twitter takeover 'probably illegal' in a post on his own competing social media network

Donald Trump has lashed out at Elon Musk, calling the billionaire’s $44 billion Twitter takeover ‘probably illegal’ in a post on his own competing social media network

He continued: ‘But now it seems, with all of his problems with a probably illegal purchase of a crummy phony account loaded company, Fake Twitter, he wants to be a Republican because the Dems are a ‘Party of hate.” 

‘I could have told him that a long time ago, but actually they are a Party of sickness, greed, corruption & absolute horrible policy,’ added Trump. ‘Good luck Elon, have fun!!!’

Trump did not explain what element of Musk’s Twitter bid, which was accepted by the company’s board in a legally binding contract, might be ‘illegal’. 

Although Musk has vowed to allow Trump to return to Twitter if his buyout closes successfully, Trump has repeatedly said that he won’t go back, and his post on Friday was the latest sign that he holds no enthusiasm for Twitter.

Trump was banned from Twitter following his loyalists’ attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, after the company said he violated their ban on glorification of violence.

He lashed out at Musk as his own social media venture faces the prospect of increased competition if Musk acquires Twitter and allows conservatives that had been banned a freer rein on the site.

Musk had tweeted this week: 'In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party. But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican.'

Musk had tweeted this week: ‘In the past I voted Democrat, because they were (mostly) the kindness party. But they have become the party of division & hate, so I can no longer support them and will vote Republican.’

Truth Social had been billed as the conservative alternative to Twitter, and in appearance and function the two sites are extremely similar. 

Musk on Friday jetted to Brazil for a meeting with the country’s controversial President Jair Bolsonaro while mired in a new sex scandal.

Musk, who denied paying off a private jet flight-attendant for exposing himself to her, flew to Sao Paolo Friday to discuss illegal deforestation of the rain forest and rural internet connectivity in Brazil.

The Tesla billionaire – who is the world’s richest man, with an estimated fortune of $55 billion – will have burned around 30,000 pounds of jet fuel on the lengthy flight.

The day before the meeting with Bolsonaro, a report emerged alleging that Musk sexually harassed a SpaceX flight attendant in 2016.

Musk has denied exposing himself to the woman and propositioning her for sex. It’s further alleged that the flight attendant was paid $250,000 to remain silent.

According to the Twitter account ElonJet, that tracks the comings-and-goings of the billionaire’s private jet, Musk’s Gulfstream landed in Sao Paulo around 8 a.m. EDT. 

The account notes that Musk’s journey to discuss the future of the rainforest would have used close to 30,000 pounds of jet fuel and created 47 tons of CO2 emissions. 

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro (L) shakes hands with CEO, and chief engineer at SpaceX, Elon Musk, at the event Conecta Amazonia in Porto Feliz, Sao Paulo state, Brazil on Friday

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro (L) shakes hands with CEO, and chief engineer at SpaceX, Elon Musk, at the event Conecta Amazonia in Porto Feliz, Sao Paulo state, Brazil on Friday

Musk tweeted: 'Hodl the rainforests' in 2021!!' Hodl is a social media acronym for 'Hold on for deal life'

Musk tweeted: ‘Hodl the rainforests’ in 2021!!’ Hodl is a social media acronym for ‘Hold on for deal life’

 Musk’s Gulfstream CG50 can hold up to 44,000 pounds of jet fuel or 6,597 gallons. 

Bolsonaro said on a live broadcast Thursday night: ‘We’ll have a meeting with a world-renowned person, who’s coming to help our Amazon,’ reports Bloomberg. Bolsonaro did not mention Musk in the broadcast.  

It is no secret that Bolsonaro has wanted Musk to build a Tesla factory in Brazil since at least 2020. 

The Bolsonaro meeting also comes just days after Musk announced that he will ‘vote Republican’ after previously supporting Democrats in the past. 

Bolsonaro is an unabashed supporter of former President Donald Trump and vice versa. The controversial Brazilian leader has even been christened in some circles as ‘The Trump of the Tropics.’

When Musk announced his plans to acquire Twitter, Bolsonaro championed the takeover. 

The Brazilian president has claimed that he has been censored by social media platforms in the past. 

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