Twitter has made a few controversial decisions in recent months. Following the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, for instance, it permanently suspended then-President Donald Trump from using the platform. Right-wing satirical website The Babylon Bee was also "locked out of [its] account for engaging in ‘hateful conduct’” this March.
Musk has taken issue with the way Twitter handles certain posts, including those dubbed as hate speech or disinformation. It’s unclear how he would rule the popular platform, but many of the state’s Republicans are already egging him on.
In a tweet on Monday afternoon, the Texas GOP adopted a celebratory tone: “We, for one, welcome our new Twitter overlord. #ElonMusk #ELON."
photo with the businessman and taken credit for Tesla’s relocation to the Lone Star State.
In a Monday tweet, Abbott encouraged Musk to move his other businesses here, too. He wrote: “@elonmusk. Bring Twitter to Texas to join Tesla, SpaceX & the Boring company."
U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, meanwhile, alluded to many liberals’ disdain that Musk could again reinstate Trump’s account.
.@elonmusk. Bring Twitter to Texas to join Tesla, SpaceX & the Boring company.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 25, 2022
“Cue the meltdowns,” the congressman wrote.
On Monday, Musk claimed that he hoped his harshest critics would stay on Twitter because, you know, “free speech.” (Still, some have pointed out that Musk has been known to block certain users and seems to lack understanding of what free speech actually means.) At that, East Texas’ own GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert tweeted out his congratulations to Twitter’s new daddy.
“Hopefully the days of Orwellian-style censorship of our founding principles & Judeo-Christian ideals are in Twitter's past,” Gohmert said. “This is a major victory for #freespeech!”
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has also weighed in, creating a poll with the question “Is Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter a good thing?” with only two options: “Yes” and “No, I hate free speech.”
Congratulations to @elonmusk. Hopefully the days of Orwellian-style censorship of our founding principles & Judeo-Christian ideals are in Twitter's past. This is a major victory for #freespeech! https://t.co/MU6JzPVycD— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) April 25, 2022
Listen, the Observer loves free speech as much as the next person, which is why we feel safe just coming out and saying it: We’re not entirely sure that Musk can pull the whole black cowboy hat thing off. He’s no Willie.