The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) came out in spport of Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk’s statement where he said that he would reinstate former President Donald Trump’s currently-suspended Twitter account, despite Trump having said that he would have no interest in returning to the platform.
Musk made his comments on Tuesday, saying that if he were to take over Twitter, he would lift his ban that has been in place since January of 2021.
“I do think that it was not correct to ban Donald Trump,” he said to the Financial Times. “I think that was a mistake because it alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice. I would reverse the permanent ban … I think permanent bans just fundamentally undermine trust in Twitter as a town square where everyone can voice their opinion. I don’t own Twitter yet,” he added. “So this is not like a thing that will definitely happen, because what if I don’t own Twitter?”
Musk has been at the receiving end of some criticism for his statements, as Trump had been suspended from the platform after the events of January 6. The ACLU, however, came to Musk’s defense on Wednesday.
The ACLU has not been a supporter of Trump’s in the past, though their statement showed that the group’s director, Anthony D. Romero, would support Musk’s decision.
“You’d be hard-pressed to find a more steadfast opponent of Trump and his policies than the ACLU,” Romero said, “but Elon Musk’s decision to re-platform President Trump is the right call. When a handful of individuals possess so much power over the most important forums for political speech, they should exercise that power with restraint. Like it or not,” Romero continued, “President Trump is one of the most important political figures in this country, and the public has a strong interest in hearing his speech. Indeed, some of Trump’s most offensive tweets ended up being critical evidence in lawsuits filed against him and his administration. And we should know — we filed over 400 legal actions against him.”