DeSantis ‘not a big social media guy’ despite launching GOP campaign on Twitter
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said he’s ‘not a big social media guy’ and would ‘rather watch’ cable TV news ‘than be on an app’ after the launch of his presidential campaign on Twitter.
DeSantis, 44, made the comments during a Thursday appearance on Newsmax when asked why he made the much-anticipated announcement that he is running for president on Twitter rather than a news network by cable like Fox.
He cited “the ability to get a lot of people” to tune into the event, as well as Musk’s emphasis on Twitter’s “free speech component”, which he called “significant ‘, especially ‘considering what Twitter and Elon mean to conservatives (and ) considering how we’ve been censored.
He continued, “I’m actually not a big social media guy. I prefer to watch you [Newsmax host Eric Bolling] than being on an app, but that’s important to a lot of people.
“Truly, this is an example of conservatives having a voice again and fighting against entrenched legacy media,” he added.
DeSantis launched his presidential bid via Twitter Spaces on May 24 at 6 p.m., but the audio continuously cut out for more than 20 minutes before a new Twitter Space launched.
“I’ve never seen this before,” Musk said during the breakdown before launching a new Twitter space. The dedicated audio streaming feature launched in May 2021 and allows speakers to host live audio conversations for an audience.
However, Spaces was reportedly not equipped to handle the 400,000 users who logged in to listen.
“They were very confident that they had the ability to attract a lot of people. [to watch]and they were anticipating a lot of people, but there were more people trying to sign up than Twitter had anticipated,” DeSantis said.
“I was just in a room in Florida, so I didn’t really know what was going on,” DeSantis added, defending the delay by blaming it on something to do with “Elon’s account.”
DeSantis, however, has always claimed that “because Elon was involved – Twitter was involved – we had a lot more play on this than we would have if I had just given a speech.”
Despite Twitter’s lackluster launch, DeSantis managed to raise an impressive $8.2 million in the first 24 hours of his presidential campaign announcement.
The sum dwarfs the $6.3 million raised by Joe Biden in his first 24 hours as presidential candidate in 2019.
Former President and fellow GOP candidate Donald Trump was one such speaker, taking to his own social media app, Truth Social, for a bizarre post in response to DeSantis’ Twitter appearance. Spaces.
“’Rob’, my red button is bigger, better, stronger and works (TRUTH!), not yours! (from my conversation with soon-to-be-friend Kim Jung Un of North Korea!),” Trump’s disconcerting message read on Wednesday.
The message was later shared by the Trump campaign in an email to supporters.
DeSantis, meanwhile, said publicly the next day that he pledged to “aggressively” consider granting Trump a legal reprieve if the 76-year-old is convicted of a federal crime.
“What I’m going to do is… day one I’ll have people coming together and looking at all these cases [of] people who are victims of weaponization or political targeting, and we will be aggressive in granting pardons,” he told the “Clay & Buck” radio show.