GETTR CEO Jason Miller doubts Musk can change 'culture' of 'rotting fish' Twitter

Others, like American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp, expressed more confidence in Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whom he called "a hero to Americans who actually love America."
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Elon Musk in Berlin, Germany, Dec. 1
Elon Musk in Berlin, Germany, Dec. 1
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Some are optimistic about the future of Twitter following Elon Musk's purchase of the social media platform for $44 billion, while others, such as GETTR's Jason Miller, are expressing concerns that the company will be unable to change.

Small business advocates at the Job Creators Network celebrated the deal, which Musk reached with the Twitter board on Monday.

"I would have bet every dollar I own that none of this would happen," JCN Chairman and former Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson told "Just the News, Not Noise" on Tuesday. "I mean, especially at this rate of speed." 

"Bringing free speech back with a storm is exciting, and having a difference of opinions tolerated is exciting," he told show cohosts John Solomon and Amanda Head.

Alfredo Ortiz, JCN's president and CEO expressed similar views.

"Elon Musk has been very vocal in his support for free speech on Twitter, we hope that he brings those values to the boardroom," he wrote in a press release. "We're optimistic that unlike Twitter's prior leadership, Musk will see Twitter as the virtual 'town square' it is, and not as [a] weapon for silencing political opponents."

The advocacy group has been kicked off of Twitter before for what it says was "an undue suspension at the hands of Twitter's partisan bias, despite not breaking any of its terms and conditions."

Former Trump advisor Jason Miller, who serves as CEO of Twitter competitor GETTR, told "Just the News, Not Noise" that the purchase was a "great move" and he wants Musk to be successful.

"He's making a tremendous blow in favor of free speech," Miller said.

However, Miller doubts that Musk will be able to force Twitter to undergo the major necessary changes to support free speech. 

"Here's the challenge," he explained. "This isn't an innovation issue. This isn't a technology issue ... The problem with Twitter is one of culture. Right now, Twitter's culture is essentially a rotting fish."

Twitter would need to be stripped down completely to change the company's culture, the former Trump campaign spokesman said.

Miller joked that Twitter employees are "going to be standing there with their E scooters in hand, stopping Musk and his people from coming in."

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Monday that President Joe Biden is "concerned" about social media after news broke of Musk's deal.

"Tech platforms must be held accountable for the harm they cause," she claimed.

Miller said federal involvement in social media began years ago under Barack Obama, who "set the stage for the government takeover of moderation."

Others such as American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp expressed more confidence in the Tesla CEO and contrasted him with Walt Disney.

"Elon Musk has just shown us that you don't even have to be a person with universally conservative beliefs, to be a hero to Americans who actually love America and love our founding and love our history, even though we're imperfect," Schlapp said. 

"The other great American, Walt Disney, who voted for Barry Goldwater over Lyndon Baines Johnson, I think if he was alive today, he'd be asking to take his name off that once-great company," he said, adding that Disney has "gone way too far left."

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has battled with Disney over a bill banning the teaching of gender identity and sexual orientation in K-3 classrooms.