A Twitter Space event held by Elon Musk with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis started off shaky, but the Republican politician did eventually officially announce that he will run for president in 2024 Wednesday.
Earlier that day, Audacy reported that DeSantis had filed paperwork to run in the election.
“We will never surrender to the woke mob,” said the governor in his opening comments. He has previously slammed the Walt Disney Company for being too “woke” as it pushed back against legislation passed in Florida related to LGBTQ issues. GLAAD has criticized Florida for legislation “to make their state less free and outright dangerous for everyone.”
According to DeSantis, Republicans who have sided with Disney have “outed themselves as corporatists.”
DeSantis, Musk and participant David Sacks also complained about the mainstream media as they kicked off their discussion. There were hundreds of thousands of participants in the Twitter Space event, including Dana Loesch, Jayanta Bhattacharya, politicians, reporters and more.
DeSantis, 44, is a Florida native who graduated from Yale and Harvard. He worked with the U.S. Navy and as a federal prosecutor before he was elected as governor in 2019. He is popular in Florida, where he won the gubernatorial election by the largest margin in 40 years last November, according to WUFT.
As of Wednesday, Morning Consult polling showed that former President Donald Trump was in the lead of the current pool of potential GOP candidates for 2024. Other potential candidates include: former Vice President Mike Pence, former South Carolina governor Nikki Haley, businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, former U.S. House member Liz Cheney, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), former U.S. House member Asa Hutchinson and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem.