Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (right) was mocked by Twitter users after his presidential campaign launch, which took place on a Twitter space, was plagued with technical difficulties.
As Breitbart News reported:
The Spaces Twitter call, which is scheduled to launch at 6 p.m. EST, began several minutes late as an unidentified voice whispered that it was “quiet.” David Sacks, the entrepreneur who organizes the event, started introducing Elon Musk and claimed it was “historic” before the audio cut. From then on, the audio continued to cut out several times, with continuous echoes and seemingly random voices – not the voice of the Governor, who the conversation was about.
Daily mail ran a headline that called DeSantis’ Twitter Spaces chat “the biggest campaign launch failure in history.”
The Rod and Business Intern the two made headlines criticizing DeSantis’ “disastrous” campaign kickoff event.
President Joe Biden took the opportunity to mock DeSantis, Tweeter“This link works,” along with a link to his fundraising page.
This link works: https://t.co/9PzIJkseYI
—Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) May 24, 2023
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) noted that DeSantis had a lower turnout than when she streamed on Twitch playing video games.
“We had more people join when I played among us,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
We had more people joining when I played Among Us 👾 https://t.co/zBoDCM0XmL
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 24, 2023
“More people watch CNN than DeSantis’ Twitter space,” Trump spokesman Steven Cheung said.
Columnist David Marcus suggested DeSantis’ launch was “the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to a presidential candidate.”
“Just hold a rally,” Marcus added.
It’s the most embarrassing thing to ever happen to a presidential candidate and it’s not close. Just organize a gathering.
— David Marcus (@BlueBoxDave) May 24, 2023
View Co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin said the event made DeSantis “appear like a radio host rather than the future leader of the free world.”
“The whole point of a prez ad is to look and sound presidential. Campaigns spend months planning them. Communications and advances teams consider every detail,” Griffin said. “Points for creativity, but it made DeSantis appear like a radio host rather than the future leader of the free world.”
The goal of a prez ad is to look and sound presidential. Campaigns spend months planning them. The communication and advance teams take into account every detail. Points for creativity, but it made DeSantis come across as a radio host rather than the future leader of the free world.
— Alyssa Farah Griffin (@Alyssafarah) May 24, 2023
“DeSedative,” Florida rep Matt Gaetz (R) tweeted while Twitter spaces were live.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) May 24, 2023
Conservative influencer Rogan O’Handley called DeSantis’ announcement “bizarre”.
“It’s honestly so weird listening to the DeSantis announcement that Trump made to you. Governor Trump is crushing the polls,” O’Handley tweeted. “WHY would you want to enter this race now and split the GOP?!”
It’s honestly so weird listening to DeSantis’ announcement
Trump made you governor
Trump crushes the polls
WHY would you enter this race now and split the GOP? !
— DC_Draino (@DC_Draino) May 24, 2023
“More like Yawn DeSantis”, Jack Posobiec joked.
More like Yawn DeSantis
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) May 24, 2023
California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) also took a shot at DeSantis, saying DeSantis ‘just became the first presidential candidate in American history to launch his campaign after suffering a massive defeat by a cartoon mouse “.
To put it all into perspective: Ron DeSantis just became the first presidential candidate in American history to launch his campaign after suffering a massive defeat by a cartoon mouse.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 24, 2023
Donald Trump Jr. claims that DeSantis’ comments during his campaign announcement made failed presidential candidate Jeb Bush, whom his father dubbed “low energy,” “look high energy,”
DeSantis makes JEB! look high energy right now.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 24, 2023
Trump Jr too tweeted “#DeSaster,” which trended on Twitter shortly after sending the tweet.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 24, 2023
This presidential campaign launch was such a complete shit show that people will laugh about it for days and days. 😝 pic.twitter.com/UO3ZWju0UL
— StrictlyChristo 🇺🌻 (@StrictlyChristo) May 24, 2023
“Kick off three times. It’s a disaster. not surprising,” tweeted Chris LaCivita, one of former President Donald Trump’s advisers.
The former president also chimed in on his Truth Social platform, suggesting DeSantis’ botched campaign launch was fatal.
“Is the DeSantis launch FATAL? Yes!” Trump said.
“Wow! The DeSanctus TWITTER launch is a DISASTER! His whole campaign will be a disaster. WATCH,” Trump added.
“’Rob’, my red button is bigger, better, stronger and works (TRUTH!), not yours! (from my conversation with soon-to-be friend Kim Jung Un from North Korea!),” Trump said.
In addition to online comments, hundreds of people are said to have gathered outside the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami, Florida, where wealthy donors joined in for the first DeSantis campaign event.
Hundreds of people outside the Four Seasons hotel to protest DeSantis’ event with wealthy donors as he kicks off his presidential campaign. pic.twitter.com/KurezT64t7
—Thomas Kennedy (@tomaskenn) May 24, 2023
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