Florida governor and reportedly the strongest contender of former President Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis, announced his presidential bid on Wednesday, or at least tried to. DeSantis joined multimillionaire and Twitter’s controversial CEO Elon Musk for a live stream conversation through Twitter Spaces, but the 2024 presidential campaign failed to launch due to several glitches.
The Twitter Spaces audio live stream was of much importance to Governor Ron DeSantis. He reaches the citizens through the blue bird app, Twitter, and makes a mark in political history with his tech-savvy presidential campaign announcement. It could have also remarked on his rival, Donald Trump, one of the most followed personalities on Twitter.
Ron DeSantis launches his 2024 presidential campaign, albeit facing some glitches
Wow 6.5 million listeners and growing fast. Thanks to all the legacy media types and political hacks for flipping out that the Space started 15 minutes late. It was perfect once it got going, and now you’re just making it bigger! https://t.co/A9IlTEDH7e
— David Sacks (@DavidSacks) May 25, 2023
The eccentric billionaire Elon Musk had invited Ron DeSantis to announce his bid for the Republican nomination for the 2024 presidential election through Twitter Spaces. However, the somewhat niche feature dedicated to audio streaming on the social media platform failed to challenge the liberals as intended.
Many netizens curious about the Twitter Spaces live stream tuned in to the discussion, but they couldn’t surpass blank screens, broken pieces of conversation, and other technical glitches. The platform struggled to manage the assembly of more than half a million users and often broke down.
- Netizens found a silver lining in the chaos when David Sacks, moderator, a Republican donor, and friend of Twitter CEO Musk, pointed out that they’re ‘kind of melting the servers’ due to several people joining in the live stream, stating ‘it is a good sign.”
Ron DeSantis praised Twitter Spaces following a glitchy live stream
Netizens who survived the first half of the glitchy live stream rather appreciated the second half. Nearly half an hour later, Ron DeSantis finally settled with smooth interactions. He successfully announced his bid stating, “I am running for president of the United States to lead our great American comeback.”
- Ron DeSantis also took a dig at the former President and his direct Republican rival Donald Trump. He clarified that government isn’t a space for ‘building a brand or virtue signaling’ and emphasized that ‘it isn’t an entertainment.’
- The Florida governor discussed the pandemic, the government’s measures, and the media. He also devoted some time to promote Twitter, stating it’s ‘significant for the future of our country.’ DeSantis politely appreciated the crash-prone Twitter Spaces by saying, ‘It is a great platform.’
Netizens react to the live stream by calling it a #DeSaster and ‘failure to launch.’
Rob’s was a total #DeSaster pic.twitter.com/GLpAbw1DZA
— Lauren3ve (@Lauren3veMemes) May 24, 2023
Soon after the glitchy presidential candidacy announcement of Ron DeSantis concluded on Twitter Spaces, netizens began trending ironic statements and memes with #DeSaster. The Florida governor’s rivals, Donald Trump and President Joe Biden, also commented about the live stream.
It didn’t leave the launchpad. Pun intended.
— Dogs Are Better 🐕 (@DogsAreBtr) May 24, 2023
According to the reports of The Guardian, a Trump campaign spokesperson joined #DeSaster, stating, “Glitchy. Tech issues. Uncomfortable silences. A complete failure to launch [and] that’s just the candidate [announcement].”
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 24, 2023
Ron DeSantis’s candidacy announcement held significant value. He is reportedly the most prominent Republican alternative to former president Donald Trump and rival of President Joe Biden.
It will be interesting to see how the Florida governor, Ron DeSantis reclaims his name after a bumpy start to his election campaign.
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