Tucker Carlson: Elon Musk Launching 'Direct Challenge' to Liberal Elite with Twitter
Tech entrepreneur appears to be planning takeover of leftist social media platform
Fox News host Tucker Carlson has hailed tech entrepreneur Elon Musk's aggressive takeover of Twitter as a "direct challenge" to the liberal elite.
Musk became the largest shareholder of Twitter after buying a 9.2% stake on April 4.
However, he recently turned down a seat on the board of directors at Twitter after it would have limited Musk to only buying up to 14.9% percent of the company.
While Musk has yet to reveal why he turned down the seat, it indicates he could be preparing to continue buying up shares, putting him in a much more powerful position.
Carlson argues that Musk could reestablish the free exchange of open debate on the platform.
"If that were to happen, we could see a return of free speech to the United States, and nothing should give you more hope than that possibility,” Carlson said.
"A free Twitter would mean an open debate about ideas on the single most important incubator of elite opinion in the world," Carlson continued.
"It would mean a return to free and fair elections in the United States.
"A system in which both sides are allowed to make their case to the public and then the public can decide, it’s called democracy.”
"And above all, a free Twitter would mean a direct challenge to the people in charge of our country’s institutions, many of whom are incompetent.”
Carlson said having honest, open discussions about government leaders makes democracy possible, but the powerful are currently imposing censorship on social media platforms to protect their own power.
"The point of censorship is never to shield the weak, no matter what Barack Obama may tell you,” he continued.
"The point of censorship always, and everywhere, is to protect entrenched power.
"That’s why it’s the powerful who impose censorship for their own benefit.
"And that’s exactly why illegitimate regimes fight so hard to control information through censorship, that’s their main concern.”
Twitter censored Carlson in March for posting screenshots of tweets by the Babylon Bee and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk.
The two had been suspended from the platform after the Babylon Bee labeled transgender Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, a biological male, as “The Babylon Bee’s Man of the Year.”
After the satirical outlet’s suspension, Kirk pointed out that Levine is a biological man who had a wife and family and yet is still labeled “woman of the year” by USA Today.
“Richard Levine spent 54 years of his life as a man," Kirk said.
"He had a wife and a family.
"He ‘transitioned’ to being a woman in 2011, Joe Biden appointed Levine to be a 4-Star Admiral and now USA Today has named ‘Rachel’ Levine as a ‘Woman of the Year’ Where are the feminists?”
The platform notably banned Trump’s account in January 2021 for allegedly inciting or justifying violence at the U.S. Capitol.