Ron DeSantis Announces His Candidacy On Turbulent Live Broadcast: “Servers Are Melting!”

Ron DeSantis in 2022 at the CPAC Governors Conference.A.P.’s photo

This was supposed to be the big moment. After months of secret campaigning, a book, and a tour of the country, Governor Ron DeSantis has yet to do one thing: Say out loud that he wants to run for president. On Wednesday, he will announce his position in a striking way. In a conversation with Elon Musk, the owner of Tesla and Twitter, his candidacy will be announced on the new voice platform Twitter Spaces.

It will be 6:00 PM local time. Then it happens: nothing. “Is this effective?” ‘Welcome?’ “The servers are melting!” Unidentified voices echoed through the audio channel just before the live broadcast collapsed. Half a million listeners turned out to be too much for the new platform. After 20 minutes it restarts.

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Thomas Ruepp is the US correspondent for De Volkskrant. Lives in New York. He is the author of the book Laura H.

His advertisement, in this unorthodox way, turned out to be quite traditional. DeSantis reads a long statement. He criticizes Joe Biden’s policies – “Borders are a disaster, our cities are violent” – and occasionally gives Trump a small quip: “Government is not entertainment.”

DeSantis says he wants to apply his culturally conservative politics as governor of Florida to the rest of the country. At the same time, a video surfaced on Twitter in which DeSantis revealed his campaign slogan against the backdrop of the American flag:Our great American comeback.