Ron DeSantis is operating for President.

Making it official immediately after months of proxy campaigning, the Florida Governor unveiled his 2024 White Home ambitions simply earlier than a scheduled Twitter hosted interview with the social media firm’s proprietor Elon Musk. Earlier Wednesday, DeSantis filed the paperwork crucial with the Federal Election Fee to start his bid.

Already a criticized unconventional alternative, the Twitter Areas dialog with Musk was hit with glitches leaving many listeners unable to tune in, so to talk. Over 500,000 customers skilled crashes or audio issues from the beginning.

A couple of minutes beforehand, it was really fairly straightforward to listen to and see the place DeSantis was coming from in a extra standard format.

“Truth must be our foundation,” DeSantis exclaimed in a video that simply dropped on-line with a transparent thwack at Donald Trump. “I’m running for president to lead our great American comeback:

Once viewed an electable example of Trumpism without being Trump, DeSantis has been lagging in recent GOP polls behind his one-time mentor and now mocking rival. In no small part, the turn of fortune has come as DeSantis has been widely battered, bruised and belittled in his on-going battle with the Walt Disney Company.

With local political maneuvers, lawsuits, countersuits, state legislation and even threats of a new prison next door to Disney World, DeSantis tried to pummel and paint the Bob Iger-led company as a “woke” company. Sadly, the transfer backfired with Disney taking the Governor personally to courtroom, implying he’s not pro-business, and cancelling multi-billion-dollar investments within the Sunshine State. The actions all had been responses to the “retaliation” the corporate claims it has been subjected to by DeSantis for objections final 12 months to Florida’s discriminatory Don’t Say Homosexual legislation.

Shedding donors partially because of the Disney dust-up, DeSantis has additionally been visibly struggling on the Iowa, Nevada and New Hampshire pre-campaign path. By no means a pure retail politician like Joe Biden, the person he hopes to exchange, DeSantis is getting into an already crowded GOP discipline of not simply Trump. Among the many declared and undeclared contenders are Sen. Tim Scott, former SC Gov and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, ex-VP Mike Pence, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Michigan businessman Perry Johnson, ex-pharmaceutical firm CEO Vivek Ramaswamy, and Dallas pastor Ryan Binkley.

Hoping to exhibit his twenty first century and untraditional credibility, DeSantis’ sit-down with Musk needs to be additionally taken as a swipe at Trump, who dominated Twitter for years earlier than being banned in 2021. Going into one other territory as soon as referred to as Trumpland, the 2022 re-elected governor has a Fox Information interview subsequent on his schedule immediately for all of the MAGA base with out broadband.