Ron DeSantis will challenge Donald Trump for the Republican nomination for the White House

Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor who grew up in the shadow of Donald Trump, announced Wednesday night that he is entering the race and is running to be the Republican Party nominee for the 2024 presidential elections in the United States. This was an announcement that had been expected for days.

DeSantis vowed to lead the country to a “great comeback” should he win the White House. “I’m running for president to lead our great American comeback,” DeSantis wrote on his Twitter account, accompanied by what he is his first official campaign video for the Republican primaries, in which his one-time mentor, former President Donald Trump, is the favorite.

In the video, DeSantis highlights that in Florida his administration has chosen “facts over fear, education over indoctrination, and law and order over disorder and riot.”

The video was released hours after the governor filed his candidacy for the Republican primary with the US Federal Election Commission, and around the same time it was scheduled to begin. a chat with businessman Elon Musk on Twitterwhich started almost half an hour late due to technical problems.

The glitches, prompted by the large influx of listeners (at one point reaching over 600,000) overloading the servers, drew derision from the pro-Trump MAGA War Room Political Action Committee (PAC) and some Democrats, including US President Joe Biden.

“This link works”, published the president, along with a campaign image next to the US vice president, Kamala Harris, one of the many who joined the mockery.

During his hour-long conversation with Elon Musk and tech entrepreneur David Sacks, a DeSantis campaign donor, the now-presidential hopeful laid out many of the pro-freedom and against progressive “ideological indoctrination”premises to which he already appealed during the campaign for his re-election as governor of Florida.

“If they nominate me, I will do the job,” DeSantis promised in a talk followed by more than 300,000 people in which he promised to reverse the Biden Administration’s immigration policies, among others, and did not keep hints against Trump: “The Government is not entertainment It’s not about building a brand or pointing out virtues.”

The governor also responded to a Florida travel alert issued over the weekend by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a warning he called a “political ruse.”

In this context, DeSantis defended the low crime rates in the state and the high reading rates of the African-American population in the schools of this state.

Shortly before appearing on Twitter, DeSantis signed a package of 20 state laws, most notably SB 7050, which exempts candidates for president or vice president from the obligation to resign office they perform in order to apply.

DeSantis goes to the campaign towards 2024 with the letter of introduction of an ultra-conservative agenda and of having achieved re-election last year with historical figures securing a “supermajority” in both chambers of the Florida state Legislature.

DeSantis seeks support from Musk

DeSantis’s decision to announce his candidacy on Twitter is something unprecedented in the history of political campaigns in the United States. In said presentation, which suffered several technical failures, DeSantis highlighted the position of the social network regarding freedoms and recalled the criticism that he himself faced when he established his policies against covid-19, contrary to confinements and the mandatory use of masks.

“I think that what was done with Twitter was significant for the future of our country,” said DeSantis, in a clear allusion to the moment in which the social network became property of Musk and in a clear nod to it. “Twitter was expensive, but freedom of expression is priceless,” replied billionaire Musk, who so far has not announced who he will support in this electoral process.

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