VIDEO: DeSantis Falls Flat

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s attempt to rally for GOP Presidential candidate and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) during a 2024 campaign event has gone viral.

On Saturday (June 10), Stitt, who became the first sitting Governor to announce his support for his Florida counterpart in next year’s election, spoke at an event in Tulsa, Oklahoma, expressing his support for DeSantis.

In his speech, Stitt declared that “Oklahomans love Ron DeSantis,” causing a handful of cheers from the crowd.

After a brief pause, Stitt asked the crowd for an “Amen,” which drew a louder “Amen” response from the audience.

The clip of Stitt making these requests was shared on Twitter, with people saying it was similar to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s infamous remark he made during his 2016 presidential Bid, requesting a crowd to clap.

“Tough night for Ron DeSantis in Oklahoma,” tweeted Jackson Lahmeyer, former Senate Candidate in Oklahoma and founder of Pastors4Trump, adding that Stitt’s comments that Oklahomans love DeSantis produced crickets from the crowd.

Lahmeyer compared Stitt’s comments to Jeb Bush’s pleas for a clap in the tweet that included a clip of Stitt’s speech that had received 200,000 views on Twitter.

Sharing the clip, attorney and former federal prosecutor Ron Filipkowski also shared the clip joked, “Please clap for Ron Desantis, Oklahoma. Please. Pretty please.”

Another Twitter user added Saturday’s speech was DeSantis’ “please clap” moment, similar to Jeb Bush’s in 2016. Bush would later drop out of the GOP Presidential race, which Trump would go on to win.