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Trump Shreds Elon Musk, Says He Is ‘Another Bulls**t Artist’

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Former President Donald Trump inexplicably took aim Saturday night at fellow billionaire Elon Musk over the latter’s announcement on Friday he was ending his bid to purchase rival social media platform Twitter.

Trump, who traveled to Alaska to campaign on behalf of GOP congressional candidate Sarah Palin and Kelly Tshibaka, who is challenging incumbent GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, ripped Musk as a “bulls**t artist” as he spoke about censorship on the left-leaning platform.

“Another one of our highest priorities under a Republican Congress will be to stop left-wing censorship and to restore free speech in America”, he said.

“Elon is not gonna buy Twitter. Where did you hear that before? From me,” he said, referencing comments he made in May where he predicted that the deal would not happen.

“Well, he might later, who the hell knows what’s going to happen? He’s got a pretty rotten contract, elegant, his contract, not a good contract,” he said.

However, what appeared to draw Trump’s ire was Musk’s proclamation last month that he cast his first vote for a Republican: newly-elected Rep. Mayra Flores, who won a south Texas district that had been in Democratic hands for a century-and-a-half.

“You know he said the other day, ‘Oh I’ve never voted for a Republican.’ I said I didn’t know that, he told me he voted for me,” he said. “So he’s another bulls**t artist.”

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After Musk announced he was pulling out of the Twitter deal, Trump responded on his Truth Social platform: “THE TWITTER DEAL IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE ‘TRUTH.'”

Musk announced late on Friday that his advisers on Friday sent a letter to Twitter formally notifying the social company that he is terminating the merger agreement, Bloomberg News reported.

“For nearly two months, Mr. Musk has sought the data and information necessary to make an independent assessment of the prevalence of fake or spam accounts on Twitter’s platform,” Musk’s team writes. “Twitter has failed or refused to provide this information.”

In response, Twitter officials announced they would file suit against Musk to force him to complete the $44 billion deal.

As for Palin and Tshibaka, an analysis published on Saturday by HotAir noted that their victories, while seemingly assured given the red voting tendencies in Alaska, are all but assured, thanks to a new voting system the state’s residents narrowly approved last year.

“In a traditional primary system, I’d expect Palin to win her House primary and Murkowski to lose her Senate primary — badly. (She lost a Republican Senate primary in Alaska once before, remember.)” AllahPundit noted.

“Palin is broadly unpopular in her home state but she has universal name recognition and Trump’s endorsement. Typically that would be enough to get her over the finish line in an all-Republican contest against less well-known competition,” the analysis continued.

“Murkowski, meanwhile, would be facing Republican voters with all sorts of baggage weighing her down. She declined to support Brett Kavanaugh for SCOTUS, remains pro-choice in a party that’s overwhelmingly pro-life, supported Biden’s progressive choice for Secretary of the Interior (which matters in Alaska), and has made a mortal enemy in Trump by criticizing him repeatedly. She wouldn’t stand a chance,” the analysis continued, adding:

But Alaska no longer has the sort of traditional primary that confounded Murkowski in 2010. It has a ranked-choice four-way ballot.

The candidate who gets the most first-choice votes doesn’t necessarily win. But the candidate who gets the fewest first-choice votes definitely loses. Which is bad news for Palin and good news for Murkowski.

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Here’s the new poll of the House race from Alaska Survey Research. One candidate dropped out after the primary, which is why only three names are listed.

“If that result stands up, Palin goes out in the first round — barely, falling two points short of fellow Republican Nick Begich. Begich then goes on to cream the Democrat in the final round, as one would expect in a state as reliably red as Alaska,” AllahPundit continues:

But look what happens if Palin edges past Begich for second place in the first round of voting. In that case, the seat goes blue as Palin falls just short against the Democrat in the final round. Why?

Because she’s unpopular. ASR finds her unfavorability rating at 60 percent. Clearly, a huge chunk of Republicans who prefer Palin are willing to vote Begich as their second choice over the Democrat but those who prefer Begich aren’t as willing to choose Palin as their back-up.

The same dynamic that sinks Palin in the House race saves Murkowski in the Senate race. She’s the first choice of around only a third of the electorate but the second or third choice of many, many Democrats and independents, which is good enough to get her reelected:

“If in fact Murkowski ends up winning narrowly while Palin ends up losing, it could have long-term consequences for how states in the lower 48 hold their primaries in the future,” the analysis said.

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