DeSantis Will Announce Presidential Candidacy on Musk’s Twitter

This week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis determined to announce his 2024 presidential candidacy on Twitter Areas, the most recent function on Elon Musk’s Twitter.

Musk himself can be co-hosting the occasion, giving DeSantis entry to Musk’s 141 million Twitter followers. Solely after the Twitter launch will DeSantis start the extra typical campaigning, embarking on a collection of marketing campaign occasions throughout the nation.

DeSantis’ determination represents one more blow to the facility of the legacy media. Legacy media retailers have been combating mad that DeSantis sees no function in granting them long-form interviews; whereas he’s pleased to reply their questions—and to aggressively confront them—at press conferences, he merely doesn’t belief that legacy media will ask first rate questions or edit him pretty. As an alternative, DeSantis has merely ignored them.

That technique has resulted in extraordinary hew and cry from our supposed journalistic institution. This week, Tara Palmeri, senior political correspondent for Puck Information, for instance, tried to confront DeSantis with a collection of obtuse questions.

“I’m additionally Italian American such as you,” she stated, “if that makes any distinction to you in any respect. Why are you in opposition to Disney characters? Which one is your favourite one?”

When DeSantis declined to have interaction, she then referred to as him a “paper tiger—a superficially excellent test-tube Republican candidate who, on nearer inspection, might be not prepared for prime time.”

However maybe prime time is fully the issue. In spite of everything, it’s prime-time tv that made glitz and glamour the middle of our presidential politics, gave Donald Trump billions of {dollars} in free media protection in 2016, then proceeded to label Trump a risk to the republic and a possible Russian asset.

It was prime-time tv that elevated lies about COVID-19, turning DeSantis into the Enemy of the Individuals whereas championing disgraced former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as a hero; that endlessly trumpeted the false narrative that black Individuals are at dire day by day risk from police, leading to billions of {dollars} of harm from race riots; that ceaselessly promotes the notion that boys may be ladies and vice versa.

The identical legacy media that pushed these lies now pushes a bottomless effectively of lies about DeSantis as effectively: that his spouse Casey is like Woman Macbeth; that Florida has banned homosexual Individuals by passing a “Don’t Say Homosexual” invoice that, in actuality, merely prevents the sexual indoctrination of youngsters; that black Individuals are at existential risk within the state; that books are being banned at scale.

Why, exactly, ought to a politician like DeSantis belief them?

He doesn’t. And now, because of the open discussion board offered by Musk, he doesn’t want to make use of them to advertise his candidacy. He can merely go on to the individuals.

That is merely an extension of the technique Donald Trump used so efficiently in 2016 when his Twitter account turned probably the most magnetic media property on the planet—solely now Trump has relegated himself to Reality Social, even after Musk reinstated his Twitter account.

In any case, the legacy media—as an alternative of reexamining their very own biases and asking simply why candidates of the Proper refuse to look on their air—have determined to focus on Musk and Twitter. They counsel that Musk is the most recent risk to the republic—in any case, if he weren’t, would DeSantis be utilizing Twitter for his launch?

Conservatives not want the approval of reporters at The New York Instances. They not have to undergo the indignities of skewed grilling by the hands of partisan hacks who work for the alphabet networks. Instances have modified. And DeSantis’ Twitter launch is simply the newest proof.


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