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Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis used Twitter to announce his 2024 presidential campaign, which fell flat even though the announcement over social media was historic because it was not before a crowd.
Plagued with some initial technical issues, DeSantis eventually weighed in with Twitter owner, Elon Musk.
The Twitter announcement signifies DeSantis is all in as the second republican presidential contender in the polls following former President Donald Trump by 30 points.
It was supposed to be a monumental occasion for DeSantis and Twitter, but within minutes as the audience’s numbers grew, the site was breaking as more than 600,000 people tuned in.
Users and DeSantis himself were dropped off. Twitter and Musk scrambled.
“We’ve got just a massive number of people online,” Musk said. “So the servers are straining somewhat.”
Eventually, DeSantis made his announcement roughly 30 minutes late.
Musk has repeatedly praised DeSantis in the past and said he would support DeSantis in 2024.
“If DeSantis runs against Biden in 2024, then DeSantis will easily win — he doesn’t even need to campaign,” Musk said.
After the glitches were worked out, DeSantis joined a new Twitter Space, where DeSantis was able to make the announcement.
Musk thanked DeSantis and said he hoped to host similar forums in the future.
“It is important for people to hear directly from candidates,” Musk said. “Thank you for working with us on this historic event.”
Later, on Wednesday, Trey Gowdy interviewed DeSantis on FOX News where the governor began enumerating his policies on immigration on the border, climate change and other issues.
DeSantis called for a covid reckoning.
“We need an honest reckoning about what happened about COVID,” said DeSantis.
DeSantis is “decisive, but not impulsive,” said republican Congressman of Kentucky Jim Massie on FOX.
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