The former Republican president mentioned on Saturday that he expects to be arrested on Tuesday, March 21, in a case involving hush cash paid to girls who alleged sexual encounters with the previous president.
What Elon Musk and Donald Trump have in frequent is that they’re two of probably the most influential conservative personalities on social networks.
Their tweets are well-known and shared by conservatives and Republicans who see them as bulwarks in opposition to the woke ideology, threatening their values and eager to impose a brand new kind of progressivism.
Trump, who has introduced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election, stays a darling of the Republican Party base.
Musk noticed his reputation develop amongst conservatives when he determined to make Twitter, the social community purchased final October for $44 billion, a bastion of conservatives. This has materialized by the proliferation of conspiracy theories and misinformation on the platform.
However, the 2 influencers are rivals. It is a rivalry stemming from the truth that Musk introduced that his candidate for the 2024 presidential election is Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis. DeSantis, who’s 44 years outdated versus Trump who’s 76, is taken into account the previous president’s most critical rival for the Republican major.
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Musk’s assist for DeSantis led to an change of barbs between him and Trump final July.
“Trump would be 82 at end of term, which is too old to be chief executive of anything, let alone the United States of America,” the techno king mentioned on the time, whereas urging Trump to retire for being too outdated. “If DeSantis runs against Biden in 2024, then DeSantis will easily win – he doesn’t even need to campaign.”
But Trump, who’s as abrasive as Musk, responded to the assaults by calling the tech mogul a “bullsh** artist.”
“Elon, Elon is not going to buy Twitter,” Trump mentioned on July 9 at a rally in Anchorage, Alaska. “Where did you hear that before? From me.” And then he went on the assault.
“You know, he said the other day ‘Oh, I’ve never voted for a Republican’. I said I didn’t know that. He told me he voted for me. So he’s another bullsh** artist.”
But that did not cease Musk from reinstating Trump’s Twitter account final November, ending the previous conservative president’s greater than 22-month suspension from the platform. This suspension got here after the occasions on Jan. 6, 2021, on the U.S. Capitol. Trump supporters had engaged in violence to stop the certification of the victory of Joe Biden within the presidential election of November 2020.
But Trump nonetheless hasn’t tweeted, preferring to remain on Truth Social, his social community, rival to Twitter.
The two males have since prevented attacking one another immediately.
It is on this context that Musk has simply made a prediction in regards to the political way forward for Trump, after the latter warned on Saturday, March 18, that he anticipated to be arrested on March 21.
“THE FAR & AWAY LEADING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE & FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK,” the previous president wrote on Truth Social on March 18.
The former president, who could be the primary former president in American historical past to obtain an indictment for a criminal offense, referred to as on his supporters to protest, as a New York prosecutor may file costs for the cash that was paid to girls who alleged sexual encounters with Trump.
New York regulation enforcement officers have been beefing up safety within the metropolis within the occasion that Trump is indicted.
Prosecutors have remained silent on the grand jury’s deliberation on the case.
It isn’t identified whether or not prosecutors have reached out to Trump. There isn’t any indication that it has occurred.
Musk believes that if Trump is arrested, it could have a colossal influence on the 2024 presidential election.
“If this happens, Trump will be re-elected in a landslide victory,” the billionaire predicted after the previous president made the announcement.
The billionaire’s prediction provoked blended reactions from Twitter customers.
“His campaign will go just as great as how you have been running Twitter! 🤣🤣🤣,” quipped one person.
“Are you suggesting, that even if he is guilty, he should not be prosecuted, or merely that guilty or not, arrest will help him gin up his base? If he is in jail or has two more felonies (Jan 6 and/or Election interference) in process, I suspect the RNC may finally abandon him,” commented one other person.
“This feels like wishcasting on your part,” commented one other person.
Musk didn’t reply to feedback.