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Republicans and Democrats in Congress on Tuesday were divided over Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter, with Republicans praising it as a chance to improve the platform, and Democrats raised concerns about its future.
“In many ways, Twitter has been a dark, dark place. I do not hope it gets darker,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y.
“I think it’s amazing, God bless. A great day for freedom and the first amendment,” the rep said. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, to Fox News. “The left gets crazy when you have an electric car manufacturer that likes the first amendment.”
TWITTER ACCEPTS MUSK’S DEAL OF $ 44 BILLION
Twitter’s board on Monday unanimously accepted Musk’s $ 44 billion offer to take the social media giant private on Monday. It adds to the list of high-profile companies under the control of Musk, the richest man in the world. Musk is also responsible for Tesla, SpaceX and The Boring Company, which specialize in underground tunnels.
Some Democrats said Tuesday that it is worrying that one man can control so much.
“When a billionaire gathers so much power, he is playing by a different set of rules than everyone else. And that means one person can literally turn upside down how millions of people across this country communicate,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Said. “The billionaires during this pandemic amassed more and more wealth so they can buy all the toys, no matter what influence they want. And that’s a real problem in this country.”
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“It’s a situation where he has to establish clear rules about what’s appropriate and what’s inappropriate, and stick to those rules,” Sen said. Jack Reed, DR.I ..
Reed added that Musk must “make sure it becomes a place where people can communicate and not a place where a message can be shaped by him or another, constantly delivered, to the exclusion of others.” Reed said he is unsure if the billionaire is serious about this commitment.
Republicans, meanwhile, seemed enthusiastic about the possibility that Musk could change some of the rules for content moderation on Twitter, which they see as a benefit to Democrats.
“An incredible event,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.,. “It’s going to be interesting to see what impact it has on the way Twitter works. But we’re all seeing it with great interest because there’s definitely been our share of complaints about the way it’s been run in the past. ”
Senator Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, was standing behind the doors of the Senate subway when Fox News asked him how he felt about Musk’s purchase of Twitter. Through the glass in the subway window, Crapo smiled and slammed his thumb up.
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Late. John Cornyn, R-Texas, meanwhile, took Musk’s purchase of Twitter as an opportunity to push for job creation in Texas.
“He’s already moved Tesla and his boring company to Texas and of course has a huge presence with SpaceX,” Cornyn said. “So I think he should just move the whole set and the caboodle to Texas.”
Asked if Trump might return to Twitter – something Politico reported that many Republicans fear privately – Cornyn said that “it sounds like Trump has already made his decision to stick with his rival.”
Fox News ‘Kelly Phares and FOX Business’ Lucas Manfredi contributed to this report.