Technical difficulties mar Ron DeSantis’ Twitter Spaces launch

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Server issues delayed the start by nearly half an hour.

In what is the most “online” campaign rollout in history, Ron DeSantis launched his 2024 campaign on a Twitter Space with Elon Musk.

However, Twitter’s technology had other plans.

The event kicked off with a delay and echoes and host David Sacks saying the crowd load, over 250,000, was “melting the servers.” As the crowd built past 350,000, the technical issues continued 10 minutes in, as more “server capacity was being allocated.”

By the 16-minute mark, 547,000 people were tuned in, but there was no sound to be heard. Even the early glitches and echoes faded into silence, as tens of thousands of people continued to join the stream.

By 6:24, Musk rebooted the space on Sacks’ Twitter account, saying “doing it from mine basically broke the system.”

At 26 minutes in, DeSantis confirmed that he is “running for President of the United States to complete our Great American Comeback,” reading scripted remarks about the need to “restore sanity” to America and about Florida’s performance.

Much of Wednesday evening’s material was familiar to those who have heard his stump speeches, with DeSantis vowing to be an “energetic executive who will take on the important issues” and vowing to “end the culture of losing that has infected the Republican Party in recent years.”

“If you nominate me, you can set your clock to high noon on Jan. 20, 2025,” DeSantis read, again making the case for his electability.

Moving beyond the scripted preamble, DeSantis lauded Musk, a “free speech advocate,” saying his acquisition of Twitter was “significant for the country.”

DeSantis addressed issues of the day, including the “total farce” of the NAACP Travel Advisory, a “political stunt” involving “colluding with legacy media to try to establish a narrative.”

Despite the dogged delivery, the story was the technical snafus.

One senior adviser to Donald Trump summed up the glitches when asked as “epic.”

The former President offered his own take on Truth Social: “Rob,’ My Red Button is bigger, better, stronger, and is working (TRUTH!), yours does not! (per my conversation with Kim Jung Un, of North Korea, soon to become my friend!).”

In true Ron DeSantis fashion, his presidential launch was quite literally not ready for primetime. Welcome to the race for the MAGA base, Ron,” snarked Ammar Moussa of the Democratic National Committee.

We also reached out to Christina Pushaw, the rapid response coordinator for the Governor’s political operation, but response was slow in coming.

After the event, campaign manager Generra Peck said she “heard behind the scenes details from Twitter as they handled the nearly 1 million people trying to get into the Spaces room. They had more than 700k in the room to start with hundreds of thousands trying to get in…had to relocate the room.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Larry Gillis

    May 24, 2023 at 6:53 pm

    The Nattering Classes will go on and on about this technical glitch being a “foreshadowing” of sorts. Too bad they cannot focus on the merits. (They want Trump as the nominee, thinking he will be easier to beat). Ultimately, I don’t care.

    I will vote LIBERTARIAN, because there isn’t one thin dimes’ worth of difference between the “Legacy Parties”. If you want government off your back, vote for us.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 24, 2023 at 7:53 pm

      While I am not entirely sure about Libertarians, or at least the candidates they’ve fielded in my corner of spacetime, I am on board with Mr Larry’s assessment that there’s not one thin dimes’ worth of difference between the “Legacy Parties.” They’re both bought and paid for and are firmly entrenched, dug ALL the way in. The so-called Left in the USA is pretty much center right on the world political stage, and with military expenditures being exempt from so much as analysis or discussion (or cuts, lol, as if) yet also being the whopping majority of where our tax money goes, we are all effectively slaves to our military overlords here in USA.

    • Impeach Biden

      May 24, 2023 at 10:49 pm

      I will vote LIBERTARIAN.

      Yes, please proceed.

    • Ocean Joe

      May 25, 2023 at 9:02 am

      Biggest technical glitch: Trump is not in prison yet.
      And thanks Tina for completely overshadowing the wannabe.
      You really were simply the best.

      Karma for Ron. Use woke tech folks next time.

  • Michael K

    May 24, 2023 at 7:05 pm


  • Michael K

    May 24, 2023 at 7:11 pm

    Perhaps even Twitter can’t handle two White supremacists teaming up.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 24, 2023 at 7:47 pm

      What are you talking about? By my estimation, Twitter staff handled this launch perfectly, exactly as they intended. Same as SpaceX staff handled that rocket that exploded a few weeks back. I definitely would not want to own a Tesla nor receive its next software update. Tesla crashes going to infinity and beyond is my next prediction, starting shortly after their next update. Again, not that I have ANY information. All I have is predicting the obvious AF.

  • Twitter is a loser’s tool

    May 24, 2023 at 7:17 pm

    Incompetent, impotent and completely out of his filthy degenerate depth.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 25, 2023 at 8:06 am

      There’s pills for impotency. Rhonda comes across more like a thirty second man. I think, you know, if he wasn’t, like, Gov of Florida, he’d probably be, you know, a mass shooter.

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 24, 2023 at 7:43 pm

    I called it earlier this morning. I predicted the Ron y Lon show would explode within 2 minutes same as Lon’s last launch which he declared a big success. Therefore, this launch was also a huge success. LOFL at Rhonduh and Elonduh. Not that I had ANY inside information from any alienated employees at either of SpaceX or Twitter, tired of working for pennies while the megalomaniac that takes all the fruits of their labor runs his mouth about stupid shit nobody wants to hear. I had nothing of the sort! I had zero advance knowledge that a subway hero would strangle Rhonda’s announcement. ZERO knowledge. LOL again, Rhonda.

  • PeterH

    May 24, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    DeSantis has a tendency to swing before the ball is pitched. Remember that a little over a year ago DeSantis was advocating for individuals and businesses to pay their taxes with cryptocurrency! Three banks have recently collapsed because of the cryptocurrency paradigm!

    Tonight is another miss! For months it has been clear that Musk has been micromanaging Twitter with disastrous consequences. Why would DeSantis jump on this particular bandwagon for promotion?!?!?

    DeSantis is a disgrace and a disaster for Florida and he will ruin the USA ….. if Republicans don’t get to ruin it before the National election. We’re heading into a three day weekend with a debt limit quagmire in limbo for the foreseeable future.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 25, 2023 at 7:35 am

      Now usually I can get on board with what you’re saying, PeterH, but taking Mrs Rhonda out of context like that is entirely out of bounds. You *know* Casey Anthony DeSantis was not talking about Ron’s crytpo commentaries when she said Rhonda “has a tendency to swing before the ball is pitched.” Swinging before the ball is pitched, it explains why little Rhonda is angry at the world that enjoys itself. It also explains mass shooters. I sure don’t a guy that thinks like mass shooters being President of the USA. Their being the preacher to Florida’s GOP choir is bad enough!

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