Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, a leftist, has voted to bring former President Donald Trump back to Twitter, after billionaire CEO Elon Musk launched a poll on the social media platform.
Musk, who bought Twitter and took the company private in late October, launched the 24-hour poll at 7:47 p.m. ET on Friday. With hours to go, the poll garnered votes from more than 14 million Twitter users, with more than 51% of respondents voting “yes” that Trump should be reinstated on the platform.
Responding to his poll, which simply said “Restore former President Trump” with options to vote “yes” or “no”, Musk added the Latin phrase: “Vox Populi, Vox Dei”. The phrase translates to “voice of the people, voice of God”.
On Saturday, López Obrador retweeted Musk’s poll and wrote, “I already voted for Trump to be able to use Twitter. The Statue of Liberty must not remain an empty symbol.”
Despite being a leftist politician, López Obrador and Trump had a positive working relationship. Trump has spoken favorably of the Mexican leader, although he regularly complains about illegal immigration to the US southern border with Mexico. López Obrador was also keen to highlight his positive relationship with Trump during his first conversation with then-President-elect Joe Biden.
“I must mention that we have a very good relationship with the current president of your country, Mr. Donald Trump,” he said. The New York Times reported. “Regardless of any other consideration, he respects our sovereignty.”
López Obrador also criticized Twitter’s decision to ban Trump from its platform. In late October, as Musk took control of Twitter, the Mexican leader urged the billionaire to “repair the damage caused by the cancellation of President Trump’s account”, according to Reuters. He described the decision to ban the former president as being taken under “conservative scrutiny”.
Trump was banned from Twitter and also blocked from most mainstream social media platforms following the January 6, 2021 attack by his supporters on the US Capitol. Those defending the decision said Trump violated the rules of the social media platform by inciting his supporters to violence. Critics of the decision argue that the then president was censured and that freedom of expression is under threat.
When reached for comment on the Twitter poll, a Trump spokesperson mentioned Newsweek to a Truth Social message that the former president posted on Saturday afternoon. “Vote with positivity now, but don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere. Truth Social is special!” wrote the former president, sharing a link to Musk’s Twitter poll. Trump founded and launched Truth Social earlier this year.
The spokesperson also shared a clip of some of Trump’s remarks via a video link to the Republican Jewish Coalition event in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday. Asked about Musk’s investigation, Trump spoke favorably of the billionaire and said he “always loved him.” The former president then spoke about Truth Social, introducing his social media site as an alternative.
Regardless of what Twitter decides under Musk’s leadership, Trump has previously suggested he has no plans to return to the social media platform. He said after Musk took over on Twitter that Truth Social “looks and works better to me.”
“I’m very happy that Twitter is now in good hands and no longer run by crazies and radical left maniacs who really hate our country. Twitter now needs to work hard to get rid of all the bots and fake accounts that have hurt. so bad. It will be much smaller, but better. I LOVE THE TRUTH!” he added in late October in a statement posted on his social media site.
Update 11/19/2022 6:12 PM ET: This article has been updated with comment from a Trump spokesperson.