AP: Ron DeSantis To Begin Run For President In Twitter Chat With Elon Musk

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    MIAMI (AP) – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, long seen as Donald Trump’s leading rival for the Republican nomination, plans to launch his 2024 presidential campaign on Wednesday in an online conversation with Twitter CEO Elon Musk, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.

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    DeSantis, an outspoken cultural conservative, will outline his plans in an evening audio event streamed on Twitter Spaces, according to the two people. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the announcement publicly.

    The 44-year-old two-term governor joins a crowded Republican contest to decide whether the party will move on from Trump in 2024. DeSantis has embraced Trump’s combative style and many of his policies, but casts himself as a younger and more electable version of the former president.

    In choosing Twitter, DeSantis is taking a page out of the playbook that helped turn businessman-TV celebrity Trump into a political star.

    The timing of DeSantis’ long-expected announcement has been shrouded, with various iterations of plans being leaked over the past few days. Some close to him suspected that he was providing conflicting information about the timing and location to root out leakers. Others believe he changed his initial preparations after news reports came out about them.

    Musk, speaking at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit event in London on Tuesday, seemed to confirm the Wednesday event, saying DeSantis would be making “quite an announcement” on Twitter the next day. “The first time something like this is happening on social media,” he said, with live questions and answers. The announcement is scheduled for 6 p.m. EDT.

    He added that he is not endorsing any particular candidate at this time.

    Meanwhile, Trump on Tuesday made a video appearance in a New York courtroom, where the judge tentatively scheduled a criminal trial for the former president for next March 25, in the heart of the primary season. Trump pleaded not guilty last month to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records at his family company, the Trump Organization.

    While it is common for campaigns to publicize their announcements in videos shared on social media, it is far more unusual — and perhaps unprecedented — to hold a campaign announcement in a live social media forum.

    “Big if true…” DeSantis’ wife, Casey, posted Tuesday on Twitter, linking to a Fox News story on the announcement and adding a smiley face.

    Earlier Tuesday, the Florida governor gave no hints of his 2024 plans during a short Cabinet meeting in Tallahassee where he discussed state business with agency heads. The media was barred from covering a subsequent bill signing ceremony.

    DeSantis has emerged as a national star in Republican politics as an unapologetic leader on controversial issues.

    The governor sent dozens of immigrants from Texas — by way of Florida —to a small island off the Massachusetts coast to draw attention to the influx of Latin American immigrants trying to cross the Southern border. He signed and then expanded a Parental Rights in Education bill — known by critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” law — which bans instruction or classroom discussion of LGBTQ issues in Florida public schools for all grades.

    More recently, he signed a law banning abortions at six weeks, which is before most women realize they’re pregnant. And he removed an elected prosecutor who vowed not to charge people under Florida’s new abortion restrictions or doctors who provide gender-affirming care.

    Trump’s allies lashed out Tuesday at DeSantis’s plan.

    “This is one of the most out-of-touch campaign launches in modern history. The only thing less relatable than a niche campaign launch on Twitter, is DeSantis’ after party at the uber elite Four Seasons resort in Miami,” said Karoline Leavitt, a spokeswoman for Trump’s super PAC.

    Trump himself frequently dismisses his rival as Ron “DeSanctimonious.”

    In choosing to announce with Musk, DeSantis is linking his presidential announcement to one of the world’s richest men, who has emerged as a conservative cult hero of sorts.

    Since buying Twitter last October, Musk has reinstated the accounts of prominent Republicans including Trump and Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene who had been removed. Popular conservative broadcasters have flocked to Twitter, with ousted Fox News host Tucker Carlson and the podcast hosts of The Daily Wire announcing they will start streaming on the platform.

    Musk himself has promoted far-right conspiracy theories on Twitter, including misleading claims questioning a Texas mall shooter’s background and a debunked rumor that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband had a relationship with an assailant who attacked him.

    Earlier this month, Musk’s tweets likening billionaire philanthropist George Soros to a Jewish supervillain were met with criticism from the Anti-Defamation League, which said they would embolden antisemitic extremists. Musk responded on Twitter clarifying his criticism of Soros and saying he would “be more thoughtful in the future.”

    Twitter was once Trump’s most important megaphone — one he used to dominate his rivals in the 2016 primary and to command the news cycle for years. Trump was barred from the platform after Jan. 6, 2021. Though his access was reinstated shortly after Musk took over, he has yet to tweet.


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    Yaakov Doe
    Yaakov Doe
    9 months ago

    I wonder what name Trump will call Musk on his Truth Social platform Thursday after Musk aids Donald’s arch rival who he call DeSanctamonious.

    Democrats support Jew haters and terrorists.
    Democrats support Jew haters and terrorists.
    9 months ago

    The fake news media propagandists are already calling Musk a nazi for not giving the left carte blanche to censor anything they disagree with.

    Democrats support Jew haters and terrorists.
    Democrats support Jew haters and terrorists.
    9 months ago

    Will the State Department be condemning the Pali terror regime PM and president’s spokesman for praising the terrorists who murdered 3 members of the Dee family or do they only condemn Israelis.

    bentzion
    bentzion
    9 months ago

    Tom Scott for President

    Sad Events
    Sad Events
    9 months ago

    What we especially like about DeSanta is his new rule that Florida textbooks and teachers can’t discuss the Shoah. And he removed Anne Frank’s Diary from libraries. Reasons to vote for him!

    Jer
    Jer
    9 months ago

    I dislike both Trump and DeSantis but Trump is right this is a cowardly way to announce what everyone already knew was coming.

    Nekamanow
    Nekamanow
    9 months ago

    I deplore these disloyal cowards who called themselves Trump supporters abandoning him to de Santis. Do you realize everything President Trump did for this country and its citizens in a few short years?

    Educated Archy
    Educated Archy
    9 months ago

    Desantis is the new Trump punching bag for the dems. At the end of the day, the man has zero investigations against him, zero scandals, and no signs of any lack of moral values or playing around with zenus. the man is also a doer and gets things passed actually. I do think he is a little too hard core. But look every single politician aside for trump mellows and moves to the center once elected. Desantis is like Regean or Begin whom they all said was a fanatic. its sad that he probably won’t win against Trump because he is ideal

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    Segmail
    Segmail
    9 months ago

    As much I like DeSantis did a good job as Floridas governor, he is being Ill advised , he gonna fall very fast and deep, he can’t fight back we need Trump

    Zoltan
    Zoltan
    9 months ago

    Some big donors who suddenly hate Trump running over to the kid in hopes of influencing him later. They know Trump couldn’t be bought so they’re counting on the kid who has zero charisma anyway.

    anonymous
    anonymous
    9 months ago

    The day is coming when Elon will turn against orthodox Jews, same as when he turned against his religion, his family, his staff, his employees and his x-partners. It will be a sad day, but it will happen. Mark my words.