Former President Donald Trump wasted no time going after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) after the launch of his presidential campaign on Twitter Space did not go according to plan. “’Rob,’ My Red Button is bigger, better, stronger, and is working (TRUTH!), yours does not! (per my conversation with Kim Jung Un, of North Korea, soon to become my friend!),” Trump tweeted on his profile, taking a jab at DeSantis’s technological failures.
Fox News joined in on the mockery, with a banner that read, “Want to actually see and hear Ron DeSantis? Tune into Fox News at 8 p.m. ET.” It is clear that DeSantis’s attempt to launch his presidential campaign did not go well, and it is doubtful that he will gain much traction. His campaign promises to take on the COVID pandemic, fight against wokeness in his state’s education system, and confront Disney– seem unrealistic and grandiose.
However, DeSantis did take the opportunity to tout his success as Florida’s governor, where he has rooted out wokeness in the education system, taken on the COVID pandemic, and reduced crime in the state’s cities. He also took a very Trump-esque approach by attacking the current administration, saying “Our border is a disaster. Crime infests our cities. The federal government makes it harder for families to make ends meet. And the president flounders.”
DeSantis’s campaign is misguided in its goals, but he does make a couple of valid points. The current administration’s disastrous policies have led to a rise in crime and have not solved the ongoing border crisis, but it is concerning that DeSantis’s campaign does not offer any solutions to these problems.
.@RonDeSantis on crashing Twitter: "We had a huge audience. It did. It was the biggest it ever had. It did break the Twitter Space, and so we're really excited with the enthusiasm. But ultimately it's about the future of our country…We know the country is on the wrong track." pic.twitter.com/fm7WlJqWDi
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 25, 2023
It is clear that DeSantis is trying to follow in Trump’s footsteps by appealing to a base of unhappy Americans. However, without a clear message or plan of action, his campaign will likely fall short. DeSantis needs to offer his supporters more than just a fiery rhetoric to succeed in his presidential aspirations, and let’s hope he understands that.