Elon Musk and Donald Trump Team Up for Live X Event

Tech and politics converge in upcoming high-profile livestream.

by Nouman Rasool
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Elon Musk and Donald Trump Team Up for Live X Event
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Tech billionaire Elon Musk has confirmed that his social media platform, X, will host a livestreamed town hall event featuring former President Donald Trump. Musk shared the announcement on X with a hint of anticipation—"This will be interesting"—following reports from the New York Post and Axios, the latter revealing plans for a similar event with independent presidential candidate Robert F.

Kennedy Jr. Despite the buzz around these high-profile engagements, President Joe Biden's campaign has reportedly declined to participate, adding a layer of political intrigue to the unfolding events. As of now, X has not disclosed any specific dates or further details about the town hall, and attempts to reach company representatives for comment have remained unanswered.

The upcoming event, dubbed "The People's Town Hall" by X CEO Linda Yaccarino, who also added a fire emoji to her announcement post, is seen as a strategic move by Trump to reengage with the platform formerly known as Twitter.

Previous management had severed Trump's relationship with the platform following the January 6 Capitol attack, with Musk reinstating Trump's account in 2022. Since then, Trump's presence on the platform has been minimal.

Trump-Musk Alliance Strengthens

This event marks a continued alliance between Trump and Musk, who have reportedly grown closer this year.

The duo met earlier in March, accompanied by prominent Republican donors, where Trump expressed his fondness for Musk and reminisced about their interactions during his presidency. The Wall Street Journal highlighted their strengthened bond, noting their frequent communications.

Musk's political maneuvers remain under intense scrutiny, given his substantial influence in media and his leadership roles in significant enterprises like Tesla and SpaceX. His political donations have ceased this year, with Musk expressing a shift away from supporting Biden, yet not fully endorsing Trump.

Earlier on the announcement day, Musk voiced his concerns over Trump's recent legal challenges, referring to the guilty verdict on 34 felony counts in a New York hush-money trial as a "trivial matter." Through X, Musk has become a significant figure in right-wing media circles, advocating conservative viewpoints on various issues including immigration, and previously hosting a campaign event for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who has since withdrawn from the presidential race.

The upcoming town hall event underscores Trump's return to a platform where he once had significant influence and highlights Musk's strategic positioning within the current political landscape, further blurring the lines between technology, media, and politics.

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