Since the midterm elections, former President Donald Trump has been appearing less and less frequently on Fox News, the New York Post, and other outlets owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
But on Monday, Trump gave a sit-down interview with Fox News commentator Sean Hannity… and the former president dropped a bombshell about his plans for Twitter.
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After his first run for president, Trump became known for his frequent tweets, only to find himself banned from the medium in 2021.
Trump saw his account reinstated last year. He has yet to start tweeting again… but he’s also refusing to rule out a return to Twitter.
“I was using Twitter,” Trump told Hannity. “Now I’m using Truth, but they want me back on Twitter desperately.”
Hannity asked, “Are you going to go back?”
“Well — We’ll talk about that at some point,” Trump said. “But I love Truth! I think Truth is incredible… It’s the hottest thing there is.”
Tech billionaire Elon Musk purchased Twitter last year for $44 billion, but Hannity on Monday characterized Musk’s Twitter as a sinking ship. “By the way, Elon Musk revalued Twitter at only $20 [billion],” Hannity said.
Trump hit back, “But he did a big favor by letting people know how corrupt our government is.”
Trump has partially restricted himself from Twitter by signing his contract with Truth Social, according to SEC filings obtained by CNBC. Under this contract, Trump can tweet only after posting first on Truth Social and then waiting six hours, CNBC reported.
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Take a look —
TRUMP: “They want me back on Twitter desperately.”
HANNITY: “Are you going to go back?”
TRUMP: "Well — We’ll talk about that at some point.”
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) March 28, 2023
After a slow start in February 2022, TruthSocial has seen an upswing since October’s release of an Android app. However, it has yet to achieve the wide, deep popularity of Musk’s platform.
Twitter has become entrenched in certain professions, like media, politics and academia. However, some of the GOP’s biggest names hardly use their TruthSocial accounts. Hannity himself has seen surprisingly low engagement on the site.
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Trump went viral for discussing Twitter, but he devoted most of the interview to other topics, like the F.B.I.’s August raid on his home at Mar-a-Lago.
“All of a sudden, they raided Mar-a-Lago, viciously raided Mar-a-Lago,” Trump reportedly said.
The former president also took the opportunity to distance himself from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a potential rival in next year’s GOP primary for president.
“He was one of over 150 people that would go on television and defend me,” Trump reportedly said of DeSantis. “And he was no Jim Jordan.”
Trump took credit for creating DeSantis by endorsing him in Florida’s 2018 primary for governor.
“Ron came to see me, tears in his eyes … ‘Will you endorse me?’ I said, ‘Ron, you’re so far behind, I can’t imagine that if you got George Washington’s endorsement combined with the late, great Abraham Lincoln … I don’t think you could win,’” Trump reportedly said.
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