Trump Tweets for First Time in 2.5 Years

He returns to the site now known as X to post his mugshot
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 25, 2023 12:30 AM CDT
Trump Is Back on the Site Formerly Known as Twitter
Former President Donald Trump walks to speak with reporters before departure from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023, in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Former President Trump has returned to X, the social media site formerly known as Twitter, firing off his first message in 2 1/2 years shortly after he surrendered at an Atlanta jail on charges he conspired to overturn his election loss, the AP reports. He posted a photo of his mugshot and the words, "Election interference. Never surrender!" along with a link to his website, which directs to a fundraising site. It was Trump's first post since Jan. 8, 2021, when Twitter suspended his account indefinitely, citing fears he would incite additional violence following the deadly storming of the US Capitol building. His account was reinstated last November shorty after Elon Musk took over the company, but Trump had refrained from tweeting, insisting that he was happier on his own Truth Social site, which he launched during the ban.

The message marks a homecoming of sorts for Trump to one of his most important megaphones—one he used to dominate his rivals in the 2016 primary and to command the news cycle for years. Trump, who is running again for the White House in 2024, often marveled at how quickly his missives would travel from his account to cable news stations, under the banner, "BREAKING NEWS." The return to X—and the inclusion of a link to a fundraising page—is also a reflection of just how much money Trump's campaign has been burning on lawyers representing the candidate and allies as he battles criminal charges in four jurisdictions. Trump's political operation entered the second half of the year in a strained financial position with its bank account drained by tens of millions of dollars that were directed toward defending the former president from mounting legal challenges as he seeks the White House again.

Trump has 86.5 million followers on what is now known as X, dwarfing his rivals in the 2024 race. Trump had already returned to Facebook in March, posting, "I'M BACK!" weeks after his personal account there was reactivated. But he has stuck with Truth Social, the Twitter lookalike he launched after he was suspended from Twitter and Facebook, to post a daily stream of missives, announcements, and re-posts. That has included using the platform to break news of his indictments and planned surrenders amid his various legal woes.

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