WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Republicans are cheering Elon Musk’s proposal to buy Twitter.
- Lawmakers including Reps. Lauren Boebert, Jim Jordan, and Jim Banks believe Musk is an advocate for “free speech” on Twitter.
- Twitter has suspended the accounts of many high-profile Republicans like Trump.
Republican politicians are cheering Elon Musk’s proposal to buy Twitter.
On Wednesday morning, news broke that Musk has offered to buy the social media platform for $43 billion.
Republican lawmakers took to Twitter to express their support for Musk.
Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, who was temporarily suspended from Twitter in January 2021, tweeted “@elonmusk ‘s fight for free speech is patriotic and necessary. He deserves the Medal of Freedom.”
Last month, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX tweeted about free speech and even created a poll asking users whether the platform adhered to the principle of free speech.
Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio also tweeted support for Musk.
“This is the public square today, these social, these big tech platforms, this is where we have debate in our culture and our country today,” Jordan told Fox News on Wednesday. “So let’s have someone in charge who respects the first amendment and free speech.”
Musk is famous for his no-holds-barred tweets. He has feuded with Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, rapper Azealia Banks, and British diver Vernon Unsworth whom he called a “pedo guy.”
Republicans, who often say that social media networks are biased against them, see Musk as someone who would be sympathetic to them. Twitter has suspended high-profile Republicans like former President Donald Trump and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia. According to the platform, they violated Twitter’s content policies against hate speech, spreading disinformation, or promoting violence.
Some politicians used the news to attack Democrats.
“Democrats really do hate the prospect of free speech on Twitter,” tweeted Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana.
“Make Twitter Great Again,” declared Texas Rep. Troy Nehls.