Ron DeSantis‘ planned Twitter announcement of his 2024 run for the White House was wracked with glitches this Wednesday, inviting a wave of mockery from his critics, one of them being the President of the United States.
Crashes and delays were reported as sound from the event cut in and out during the first few minutes. “We’ve got so many people here that we are kind of melting the servers,” tech entrepreneur David Sacks, who hosted the event along with Elon Musk said at one point.
CNN reported that more than half-a-million people logged on for the event, which was ended and restarted, and ended up delaying DeSantis’ launch by nearly a half-hour. When it was restarted using Sacks’ account, only around 250,000 users returned.
Ron DeSantis' Twitter Spaces campaign launch has, so far, featured:
-Several minutes of silence
-Random throat clearing
-Muffled commentary from Elon Musk about why Spaces isn't working
-Hosts, including DeSantis disappearing
Great start to his campaign! pic.twitter.com/Zppxlk5HkN
— jordan (@JordanUhl) May 24, 2023
“To put this all in perspective: Ron DeSantis just became the first presidential candidate in American history to launch his campaign after suffering a massive defeat to a cartoon mouse,” tweeted California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
“I love the spin that Elon and DeSantis ‘broke the internet’ because Twitter servers kept crashing. It’s like calling the time I left my plastic spatula too close to the stove ‘breaking the food industry,'” tweeted comedian Mike Drucker.
Joe Biden got in on the mockery as well, posting a link to a donation link for his reelection campaign with the caption, “This link works” — and even Elon Musk thought the joke was funny.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 24, 2023