How can you tell when a candidate knows they’re losing before they start running? When they use gadgets to launch their campaign.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will announce he is running for president during a discussion with Twitter CEO Elon Musk, three sources familiar with the plans told NBC News.
Musk and DeSantis will host an event on Twitter Spaces, the site’s platform for audio chats, on Wednesday at 6 p.m. ET. It will be moderated by David Sacks, a tech entrepreneur who is a confidant of Musk and a supporter of DeSantis.
Ron DeSantis is launching his presidential campaign in an audio-only format on a social media site that has hemorrhaged advertisers and users alike. The purpose of this gimmick is not to convey the message that Ron DeSantis is a presidential candidate.
Governor DeSantis is trying to steal the headlines and do something “out of the box” to get attention, or at least that would probably be the spin on DeSantis’ side, which would go something like “we’re the young new disruptors shaking the status quo of campaign ads.’
The truth is, DeSantis has a hard time interacting with human beings. His book tour stops were painful to watch. Governor DeSantis is no good behind a podium and needs a medium to hide his flaws.
DeSantis is also feeling the pressure of the polls, which aren’t worth much right now, but everyone agrees he’s losing a lot to Trump.
Trump got a CNN town hall that generated days of media coverage for him, not for good reason, but he got all the coverage he wanted. DeSantis goes to a Twitter space, then to Fox News’ death slot at 8 p.m. to be interviewed by Trey Gowdy.
None of this screams a winner. It stinks of a candidate who didn’t think he would lose right now trying to catch up.
If this is Ron DeSantis’ campaign idea of an epic presidential campaign rollout, they’re in worse shape than we thought.
Jason is the editor. He is also a member of the White House press pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate studies focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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