Charlie Kirk, Tucker Carlson, and the Babylon Bee (a site that disguises right-wing rhetoric as satire), are among the Twitter accounts that have been blocked in recent months over personal attacks aimed at transgender individuals. They swore that in protest, they’d refuse to meet the conditions required to return. Suddenly, after Elon Musk reached a deal to purchase the site, Kirk and Carlson are back.
Now, Elon Musk has not yet actually taken over the site — though an agreement has been reached, the deal could reportedly take 3-6 months to be finalized. Are Kirk and Carlson attempting to push the idea that Musk restored their accounts?
Due to New Management, I'm back on Twitter.
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) April 28, 2022
Due to new management? But there is no new management yet.
— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) April 25, 2022
Okay, the offensive tweets were hidden from public view, but at the time, it was made clear that to have their posting ability restored, these accounts had to delete the posts deemed to violate the site rules. So, are we expected to believe someone — not Elon Musk, who doesn’t have control of the site yet — made a special exception, or that these conservative commentators decided to comply to get their platforms back?
Well, as he explains below, Kirk seems to believe that a Twitter without his posts was just too much for the world to bear, and that this influenced Musk to insist on buying the company out.
Charlie Kirk claims that his refusal to delete his tweet about Rachel Levine was probably “the straw that broke the camel’s back” that caused Elon Musk to buy twitter. pic.twitter.com/Hc8QFHSgjj
— Ron Filipkowski 🇺🇦 (@RonFilipkowski) April 28, 2022
“We were definitely probably part of the straw that broke the camel’s back…We were not going to delete the tweet [misgendering and deadnaming Rachel Levine] under the prior administration and regime [which is still the current administration] and our protest kinda worked.”
Kirk says that “we” made the decision to “go back to the platform now that it’s under new management,” which it isn’t, making it clear that he believes he’s made a great concession by granting Twitter his presence.
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