Elon Musk, who is in the middle of a Twitter takeover, prefers a candidate who is "less divisive" than former President Donald Trump to run in 2024.

That's what the Tesla CEO said Thursday while reaffirming his position that Trump should be allowed back on to Twitter. Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter in the days after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Twitter, joined by other social media platforms in banning Trump, said the decision was made "due to the risk of further incitement of violence." Trump has his own platform, Truth Social, where the former president insists he will remain, though its reach isn't nearly that of Twitter, which Musk has touted as the "de facto public town square" of the digital age.

"Even though I think a less divisive candidate would be better in 2024, I still think Trump should be restored to Twitter," Musk said in a tweet.

President Joe Biden defeated Trump by 7 million votes in the popular vote in 2020, but both candidates drew record numbers, receiving roughly 81.2 million and 74.2 million votes, respectively. Trump has flirted with the notion of a 2024 campaign but has not yet made a declaration, signaling he will make a decision after the midterm elections in which he is testing his hold over the Republican Party with a wave of endorsements.


Minutes later, Musk took aim at Biden, who said in March he would be "very fortunate" if Trump ran against him again.

"Biden’s mistake is that he thinks he was elected to transform the country, but actually everyone just wanted less drama," Musk said.

Twitter agreed late last month to sell the company for $44 billion in cash to Musk, who plans to take it private, but the deal still needs to be approved by shareholders.