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David Weissman

Dear Elon Musk

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Elon Musk,

I realize I have been a critic of yours since your purchase of Twitter. I don’t know you personally, so I don’t know if your intentions are with a good heart or if they’re bad faith. But as someone who has been down that MAGA rabbit hole that you have fallen into, I do get where you are coming from.

It’s easy to fall into trap of right-wing propagandists, thinking what they are doing is good for the country but it’s not. They misinterpret things like free speech, attack the press, misinterpret words like “woke” and politicize everything if it helps their agenda.

As I began to dialogue more with liberals when I was a Trump supporter, I saw how wrong my worldview was, and I understand that you weren’t always political and supported liberal policies and ideals with Tesla and other companies that you own.

However, as soon as you began dealing with Twitter and were red-pilled, you were sucked in.

I know I can’t tell you what to do or what to believe, but I strongly recommend following more liberal/progressive/Democratic accounts.

If you really want Twitter to be a Town Square, it’s good to have an understanding of where both sides are coming from by engaging with more liberal/progressive accounts.

Right wing propagandists have a tendency to politicize and cherry pick everything, which is dangerous, especially when it comes to the January 6th insurrection.

Tucker Carlson on Fox News has admitted he lies to his viewers, he acknowledges that he is purely entertainment, and leaving out the most important parts of the insurrection out proves that.

MSM is far from perfect, and they make mistakes too just like anyone else, but it’s not done intentionally as it has been with rightwing propagandists.

I do believe there are good people in the MAGA crowd that just doesn’t know any better, and I do believe Democrats can do better because the Democratic Party isn’t perfect either, and they can do so by acknowledging conservatives and listening to their concerns as well as they acknowledge the concerns of minorities and marginalized communities.

Having my own voice heard is what helped me open my own eyes to things.

I believe you still can make Twitter a better place by engaging with people on both sides of the political spectrum.

About the Author
David Weissman was born in New York and served in the US Army for 13 years, with two deployments to Afghanistan. He is a former Republican and left MAGA and ended his support for Trump. He joined the Democratic party now fighting for the rights of others.
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