Florida Governor Ron DeSantis finally made the announcement on Wednesday evening declaring that he is running for President of the United States.
DeSantis filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission earlier in the afternoon and released his official launch video at 6 p.m. EST on the platform.
“Our border is a disaster. Crime infests our cities. The federal government makes it harder for families to make ends meet. And the president flounders,” DeSantis said in the video. “But decline is a choice. Success is attainable. And freedom is worth fighting for.”
“Righting the ship requires restoring sanity to our society, normalcy to our communities, and integrity to our institutions. Truth must be our foundation — and common sense can no longer be an uncommon virtue. In Florida, we proved that it can be done,” he continued. “We chose facts over fear, education over indoctrination, law and order over rioting and disorder. We held the line when freedom hung in the balance.”
“We showed that we can — and must — revitalize America. We need the courage to lead and the strength to win,” he concluded. “I’m Ron DeSantis, and I’m running for president to lead our Great American Comeback.”
DeSantis was joined at the special event on Twitter with the platform’s owner, Elon Musk, which received such intense interest that it crashed the event due to the servers being overloaded.
“The servers are straining somewhat,” Musk said at one point as 700,000+ people logged into the event.
DeSantis’s decision to launch his presidential campaign on Twitter was a savvy move. Twitter is a platform that is popular with conservatives and young voters, two key demographics that DeSantis will need to win over in order to be successful in the 2024 election. The event also gave DeSantis the opportunity to connect with Musk, who is a powerful figure in the tech industry and has a large following on Twitter.
It appears that the Ron DeSantis / Elon Musk Twitter Space is glitching like crazy because of the demand. There were over 450,000 people at once in the space within 10 minutes of it opening.
Users were being kicked out frequently including DeSantis himself as well as David… pic.twitter.com/9oxgSrag9U
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) May 24, 2023