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We’re all used to seeing politicians make big announcements on social media these days, but it was still a bit of a shock when Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced his 2024 presidential bid on Twitter yesterday. Not only that, but he also enlisted the help of tech billionaire Elon Musk to get his message out there.
It’s a move that’s bound to cause a stir in the political world, especially since DeSantis has only been governor for a little over two years. Nonetheless, he’s already earned himself a reputation as a staunch conservative who’s not afraid to shake things up.
In a series of tweets, DeSantis laid out his vision for America, saying that he wants to fight against socialism, protect individual freedom, and support small businesses. He also took some swings at the current administration, calling Joe Biden’s policies “disastrous” and vowing to do better.
Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, quickly jumped on board, tweeting his support for DeSantis and calling him a “true leader.” Musk has been dipping his toes into the political waters lately, including a brief stint as an advisor to President Trump’s business council.
Despite the enthusiasm from Musk and some of DeSantis’ supporters, it’s still unclear how much traction his campaign will gain. The field for the Republican nomination in 2024 is shaping up to be crowded, with heavyweight contenders like Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, and Donald Trump Jr. all rumored to be considering a run.
Then there’s the issue of DeSantis’ record as governor. He’s earned praise from some quarters for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has included loosening restrictions and pushing for schools to reopen. However, he’s also been criticized for his handling of environmental issues and his close ties to big corporations.
Nonetheless, DeSantis seems undeterred. He’s been shaking up the political establishment in Florida since he took office in 2019, pushing for conservative policies and taking on the media whenever they criticize him. He’s positioned himself as a fighter who’s not afraid to push back against the mainstream narrative.
Some of his supporters have even compared him to another Republican outsider who shook up the political scene – Donald Trump. DeSantis has publicly distanced himself from Trump, but he’s also been known to use some of Trump’s rhetoric and tactics in his own political speech.
But will that be enough to carry DeSantis to the White House in 2024? Only time will tell. For now, he seems to be content to use social media to get his message out there and rally support from his base.
It’s a strategy that’s worked well for Trump in the past, and it’s clear that DeSantis is hoping to replicate that success. Whether or not he’ll be able to pull it off remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure – the race for the Republican nomination in 2024 just got a whole lot more interesting.