Contrary to claims made by users on social media, a tweet attributed to former U.S. president Donald Trump thanking Elon Musk and taking a stab at Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is not authentic. Trump said during a Nov. 19 news conference that he had no interest in returning to Twitter.
A screenshot of a tweet shared to Facebook, viewable ( here ), starts off by saying, “Thank you to my good friend Elon Musk for reinstating my Twitter account! A special thank you to the great people of Twitter for their votes to bring me back!” It then uses a homophobic slur mentioning DeSantis.
But Reuters found no evidence of the tweet being authentic. Reuters found no news reports about the alleged tweet nor evidence it was ever posted on Trump’s recently reinstated Twitter account ( twitter.com/realDonaldTrump ).
As of this article’s publication, Trump’s reinstated account shows that his last tweet was on Jan. 8, 2021 and that he has not posted on the @realDonaldTrump account since (twitter.com/realDonaldTrump). The former president’s account was frozen following the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, ( nKBN29D355 ) and reactivated on Saturday.
Reuters reported ( here ) Trump on Saturday voiced his disinterest in returning to Twitter despite a user poll by Elon Musk ( here ) that found a majority of users supporting his return to the platform.
Trump instead doubled down on previous statements that he would stick to using his own social media platform, Truth Social ( nL2N2WN1TT ).
Representatives for Trump did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
A recent Reuters debunk of similar social media claims that Trump had made new tweets since his recent reinstatement is viewable ( nL1N32H1QZ ).
False. There is no evidence of Trump tweeting this message about Ron DeSantis, or that he has posted to his newly reinstated account since Saturday and as of this article’s publication.