Piers Morgan said during a Monday interview on “Fox & Friends” that Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter would fight the “woke virus” spreading across the platform.
Musk is reportedly closing in on a deal with Twitter’s board to accept his $46.5 billion offer to buy the platform, according to a Monday report by The New York Times.
“Elon Musk is an absolute flag-bearer for free speech and he talks about this woke mindset virus,” Morgan said. “And I think he’s right, it is a virus. If you go around wanting to destroy everything that gets in your way that you don’t agree with, then you become a really dangerous thing in a society. Elon Musk wants to return to free speech.”
Morgan said Twitter banning former President Donald Trump is “completely ridiculous” given that Russian President Vladimir Putin, Taliban leaders and the supreme leader of Iran all are permitted to have accounts. He said the “first thing” he would do if he were Musk is allow the former president back on the platform. (RELATED: Liberals Decry Free Speech As A Threat To Democracy As Musk Offers To Buy Twitter)
“I think he [Musk] recognizes that it’s completely ridiculous, for example, that Donald Trump — and I discussed this with Donald Trump in the interview — that he is banned from Twitter and yet people who still have accounts include Vladimir Putin, the supreme leader of Iran and Taliban leaders,” he continued. “How can that be right? How can it be justified that a social media platform allows them accounts but bans Donald Trump?”
“I think you’ll see, if Elon Musk takes control, I think you’ll see a much more tolerant view of all manner of people’s right to free speech, not just on the left, but also on the right, who tend to be the only people that get de-platformed by Twitter and Facebook.”
He argued Twitter’s ban on Trump is “politically motivated.” The ban occurred in early January 2021 in response to tweets Twitter saw as inciting or justifying violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
Morgan then pointed to the platform locking the New York Post’s account for seven days after the outlet published information about Hunter Biden’s laptop in October 2020. The corporate media cast doubt on the legitimacy of the laptop until the New York Times and Washington Post published stories confirming the device’s authenticity.