Report: Ron DeSantis will formally announce his 2024 bid with Elon Musk, because apparently David Duke wasn’t available
After many months of refusing to confirm what so many people already suspected, Ron DeSantis will reportedly announce on Wednesday that he is running for president. And that’s not all: He is said to be planning to formally jump into the 2024 race during a conversation on Twitter with Elon Musk, because apparently other neo-Nazi sympathizers weren’t available.
Yes, NBC News reports that the Florida governor’s formal announcement will occur tomorrow night on Twitter Spaces—during a live audio chat that will begin at 6 p.m. ET and be moderated by Musk’s longtime friend David Sacks. According to the outlet, DeSantis’s campaign will “release a launch video” on Wednesday evening, which the governor will follow up with visits to a number of early states after Memorial Day. As for how this all came together, DeSantis’s team has reportedly “been in talks with Musk for at least the last few weeks,” according to a person familiar with the matter—and during those discussions, Musk has indicated that he doesn’t think Donald Trump will be able to win a second term. While Musk said last year that he would back DeSantis if the governor were to run for president, on Friday, the billionaire praised an ad by Senator Tim Scott, who announced Monday that he is also running for the White House.
As NBC News notes, aligning with Musk and his 140 million followers could give DeSantis a “significant boost,” but there’s also an obvious downside to teaming up with a guy who has said and done terrible things—and who has turned Twitter into a safe haven for hate speech; given a new home to Tucker “Great Replacement Theory” Carlson; and made remarks about George Soros that the Anti-Defamation League said would “embolden extremists.”
On the other hand, it’s very possible that that’s exactly why DeSantis wants to align himself with Musk. Per NBC News:
Musk has carved out an intense following after he purchased Twitter with the promise to return “free speech” after years of complaints from the right that the site had tried to censor conservatives…. One of the sources familiar with the plans told NBC News that DeSantis’s aides have been watching Twitter become an increasingly friendly space for conservative firebrands under Musk’s leadership, allowing them to speak directly to their conservative audience and bypass traditional media—something that was once Trump’s superpower.
Anyway, just as a reminder, a DeSantis presidency is as terrible a prospect as a Trump one.
In other Trump legal news…
The former guy is apparently unhappy about the trial date for his hush money case. Per The New York Times:
The trial of Donald J. Trump has been scheduled for March 25, 2024, the judge presiding over his Manhattan criminal case said at a hearing on Tuesday. Mr. Trump attended the hearing remotely, making his first courtroom appearance since 34 felony charges were unveiled against him last month. He appeared to react angrily when the trial date was announced by Justice Juan Merchan, though his microphone was muted and it was unclear what he was saying to the lawyer seated next to him, Todd Blanche.
The trial is set for three weeks after Super Tuesday, one of the most important days on the Republican presidential primary calendar. And the disclosure of the date came just a day before Mr. Trump’s chief rival for the Republican nomination, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, was set to announce his own run, highlighting the way that Mr. Trump’s legal entanglements could complicate his third campaign for the White House.
Oh, well, it’s like that old saying goes: Don’t allegedly commit numerous felonies if you don’t want to have to go to court on a day that’s inconvenient for your presidential campaign.
Meanwhile, in Florida
A school has banned a poem calling for unity, because who would want any of that? Per The New Republic:
A Florida school has banned the poem read at Joe Biden’s inauguration after a parent complained it contained “indirect hate messages,” part of a disturbing state-wide trend of blocking discussions about race and gender.
A parent of two students at the Bob Graham Education Center in Miami Lakes challenged Amanda Gorman’s The Hill We Climb and four other books in March, arguing they were not age-appropriate. Bob Graham covers grades kindergarten through eight. Daily Salinas said that The Hill We Climb, The ABCs of Black History, Cuban Kids, Countries in the News Cuba, and Love to Langston contained references to critical race theory, gender ideology, “indirect hate messages,” and “indoctrination,” especially of socialism. She requested they be removed from the school entirely, according to documents shared by the Florida Freedom to Read Project.
According to PEN America, at least 175 books were banned in Florida as of March, a trend undoubtedly inspired by the state’s governor, who wants to dictate what people can read, think, and say.
This claim raises a lot of questions, perhaps most pressingly: Can Lauren Boebert do basic math?