On Wednesday (May 24), former President Donald Trump joined the chorus of critics who mocked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over technical difficulties that hampered his 2024 GOP presidential candidacy announcement on Twitter.
“‘Rob,’ My Red Button is bigger, better, stronger and is working (TRUTH!), yours does not,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.
In parenthesis, Trump suggested his information originated from a conversation with North Korea’s Kim Jung Un, who he stated would soon be a friend.
Trump also posted a video to Truth Social with the caption “Preparing to Launch,” which showed the former President at a rally interspersed with a shot of Musk’s Twitter Spaces.
In the video, you can hear a voice saying phrases like: “We are kind of melting the servers.”
The former President also released another video called “Ron! 2024.”
A spokeswoman for Trump’s MAGA Inc., Karoline Leavitt, tweeted that “DeSantis’s campaign announcement is a historic train wreck. #Trump2024”
Even President Joe Biden jumped into the fray, tweeting, “This link works,” directing supporters to his campaign’s donation page.
Later Wednesday evening, the Democratic National Committee issued its own scathing criticism of the campaign’s flawed rollout.
In a statement, spokesman Ammar Moussa said, “In true Ron DeSantis fashion,” the Florida Governor’s run for the presidency “was quite literally not ready for primetime.”
Moussa concluded, “Welcome to the race for the MAGA base, Ron!”
More than 20 minutes into the conversation with Musk, scheduled to start at 6 p.m. EDT, DeSantis could not speak because the Twitter Spaces live audio room crashed several times. Additionally, there was an echoing noise which Twitter CEO Elon Musk blamed Twitter’s servers being overwhelmed by hundreds of thousands of listeners.
“Failure to Launch,” “Crashed,” and #DeSaster was among the top U.S. Twitter topics during the chat session.
DeSantis press secretary Bryan Griffin tried to make light of the situation, claiming that because of the amount of “enthusiasm” for DeSantis’ vision for the “great American comeback,” the Governor literally busted up the Internet,” adding that “Washington is next.”
Despite the flaws, the campaign said it raised $1 million within an hour of DeSantis’ launch.