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Now that Twitter is under new management, there are increasing calls for billionaire owner Elon Musk to move the company’s headquarters to a red state.
That idea probably won’t sit well with many of its San Francisco-based, progressive-posturing employees who reportedly are melting down over the visionary and often eccentric entrepreneur’s stunning $44 billion purchase of the influential social media platform in the name of free expression.
Parenthetically, the pro-censorship political/media establishment, as well as the blue-check brigade generally, are also experiencing a collective panic attack over the acquisition. This same cohort had no problem, however, with the purchase of The Washington Post by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos.
“The extreme antibody reaction from those who fear free speech says it all,” Musk quipped on Twitter to his nearly 87 million followers on Tuesday.
Musk previously described Twitter as “kind of the de facto town square.”
Jimmy Patronis, Florida’s chief financial officer, as well as Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, think the Sunshine State would be a good landing spot for the platform’s executive offices. “I think it would be a smart decision for him both in a business, but also in a philosophical-wise. You know, all we want to do is see companies prosper,” Patronis said, according to Action News Jax.
“FIN-tech is huge in Jacksonville. We’re really on the map of a lot of companies representing a lot of employees. A lot of access to talent in the area. So again, come on Elon,” Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry added.
Texas and Tennessee, among others, are also vying for the attention of the world’s richest man. On Monday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted to Musk: “Bring Twitter to Texas to join Tesla, SpaceX & the Boring company.”
U.S. Sen. Martha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) also chimed in: “Elon should move Twitter HQ to the freedom-loving state of Tennessee!”
In a playful way, Patronis responded to the appeals of both of his fellow GOP politicians: “@elonmusk if you’re considering Texas, you better bring a lot of solar panels and a big, big battery. (Texas’s power grid is not great .) Stick with Florida. Florida’s for winners, after all.”
To Blackburn, he claimed that Tennessee lacks America’s best governor, i.e., Ron DeSantis.
.@elonmusk – if you’re considering Texas, you better bring a lot of solar panels and a big, big battery. (Texas’s power grid is not great 😬.) Stick with Florida. Florida’s for winners, after all. https://t.co/IdKk0gIMSi
— Jimmy Patronis (@JimmyPatronis) April 26, 2022
— Jimmy Patronis (@JimmyPatronis) April 27, 2022
Utah is also apparently interested:
Elon Musk acquiring Twitter is a big win for free speech.
And @elonmusk, if you're looking for new Twitter headquarters, feel free to stop by Utah.
— Rep. Chris Stewart (@RepChrisStewart) April 26, 2022
Despite all that is on his plate, the Tesla CEO seems to carefully watch his mentions, so stay tuned.
Musk, who is also the SpaceX CEO, is no stranger to making a change in scenery. “Musk relocating a business that he owns to a more tax friendly state would not be unprecedented after his decision to move his automotive company Tesla from San Francisco, California to Austin, Texas in 2021,” Fox Business recalled.
Ironically perhaps, Gov. DeSantis has expressed concern about workers leaving the Bay Area “dumpster fire” but still paradoxically voting Democrat after they get to Texas or Florida.
DeSantis points to San Fran ‘dumpster fire,’ worries Dems will move to FL and ‘vote the exact same way’ https://t.co/DO3zGkJFOU
— Jack Furnari (@JackBPR) April 27, 2022
Separately, there is a lot of chatter among conservative influencers, many of whom have noticed a sudden, big increase in their follower count after the Musk takeover, that the suspension of the Babylon Bee satire feed may have initially motivated the tech mogul to buy Twitter.
The last straw for @elonmusk that precipitated his purchase of Twitter for free speech was when @TheBabylonBee got suspended for satire. @SethDillon did not cave to delete the “offending” tweet to restore the account.
Seth, you & your team are awesome and I’m proud to know you!
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) April 26, 2022
While I’m awesome and totally deserving of 87,000 new followers a day it seems that someone took the shackles off my account. Wonder if they’re burning the evidence before new mgmt comes in? pic.twitter.com/9Mso48qyNP
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 26, 2022
It remains to be seen if Musk will put the Twitter algorithm into the public domain. U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) has already called for a public audit of Twitter’s content moderation policies:
Here’s an idea for @elonmusk. Open the books on who Twitter has shadow banned, who Twitter has suspended, who they’ve throttled, and who was responsible for the egregious censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop reporting. Make it all public pic.twitter.com/gbLaaUXuR4
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) April 26, 2022
In the meantime, apparently self-unaware leftists like MSNBC’s Ari Melber, for example, went on a rant to describe what many believe has already been occurring in the form of shadow-banning users (or throttling their messaging) who don’t fit within the Democrat Silicon Valley narrative.
Is this the greatest self-own of all time? Do they really not know that this is what has been done to conservatives for the last few years? I genuinely don’t think they get it. They really thought that we were on an equal footing here. Amazing pic.twitter.com/agJp91ztFY
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 26, 2022
Former President Donald Trump has denied that he has any interest in returning to Twitter if his permanent suspension is lifted.
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