After Twitter’s board members actively tried to block free-speech advocate Elon Musk from buying the social media giant, they now appear ready to accept his offer – and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said thinks he knows why, in an interview conducted Monday before Twitter's board officially approved the deal.
On Friday, 18 House Republicans, headlined by Rep. Jordan, sent a letter to Twitter’s board members calling on them preserve records and be prepared to provide information about their efforts to prevent Musk from buying the social media platform.
In an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Monday, Rep. Jordan credited the letter he and his colleagues for being a major reason for Twitter’s change of heart:
“I think Twitter thinks that, if we take the majority, we may investigate.
“So, that is why we sent the notice out there. We want this to be done in the right way, what’s good for shareholders. And, the American people want it done in a way that's good for the First Amendment. We are tired of this throttling back and attacks and censorship of conservative posts and conservative thought.”
Musk’s $43 billion purchase of Twitter wouldn’t just be good for the First Amendment, it’d also be good for shareholders, Jordan said.
Twitter and other social media platforms need to stop targeting conservative speech and allow free, fair and open debate of the issues, Jordan said:
“Twitter and some of these other social media platforms, as we all know, that is now the public square. That is where debate happens. And, it always seems to me, they go after conservatives on these platforms. That needs to end. Let's have a fair referee who calls balls and strikes, who doesn't call the game for one side.
“Let's let the debate happen. I hope that is the direction it goes. It looks like it may be moving that way.”