The announcement of Ron DeSantis as a presidential candidate was marred by a technical glitch, as the live stream on Twitter was initially down. Thus, the governor of Florida announced the long-awaited intention only after 20 minutes.
“I’m running for President of the United States to lead our great comeback,” 44-year-old DeSantis, who is considered the former president’s most serious rival, said, among other things, in an hour-long address Donald Trump in an effort to win the Republican nomination for next year’s election. Trump currently leads the other Republican candidates by more than 30 percentage points in the polls.
Before DeSantis is in the company of the first man of Twitter Elon Musk after technical problems only addressed the audience on Twitter, hundreds of thousands of users have already left the network. There were problems with the sound, and thousands of users were unable to join the listen or were removed. At one point of the announcement, more than 600,000 users were following the event, at the end there were less than 300,000. The hashtag #DeSaster (pronounced disaster in English) quickly spread on the network. His team tried to turn the technical problems in their favor, saying that they occurred due to “too much excitement.”
“We must end the culture of loss that has infected the Republican Party over the years,” DeSantis said, among other things. “We know our country is going in the wrong direction. We can see it with our own eyes and feel it in our bones. But it doesn’t have to be this way, America’s decline is not inevitable, it’s a choice. And we should choose a new direction. The path to revitalizing America .”
DeSantis said governing is not about having fun, and it’s also not about building a brand, chiding Trump, whose name she never mentioned at the event. The 76-year-old Trump, as reported by Reuters, immediately mocked his younger colleague on his network Resnica due to technical problems. “My red button is bigger, better, stronger, and it works. Yours doesn’t.”
His public relations representative Bryan Griffin said they raised $1 million in one hour through an online event.
DeSantis resisted the implementation of anti-pandemic measures during the pandemic. As reported by the RTV correspondent from the USA Andrej Stopar, In the Republican pool, Musk decided to support DeSantis, who is already behind at least 200 million dollars for the presidential campaign.
Florida now has a law that bans abortion after the sixth week of pregnancy, has an easy path to the death penalty, allows the unfettered carrying of guns without a permit, cracks down on sex education in schools, denies public universities funding for diversity, equity and inclusion programs and prohibits health programs for the sexual transition of minors, Stopar also reported.
Trump announced his candidacy in November 2022, and in February this year as well Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina and former US ambassador to the UN.