Florida Governor Ron DeSantis To Announce Presidential Bid
By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
WASHINGTON/BUDAPEST (Worthy News) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a prominent member of the Republican Party and a former military officer, was to announce his 2024 U.S. presidential bid during a discussion with Elon Musk on Wednesday, U.S. sources say.
Musk, the CEO of social media platform Twitter, was to host a Twitter Spaces event with DeSantis at 18:00 local time.
DeSantis is seen as a potential challenge to former President Donald J. Trump, who seeks re-election to the White House next year.
“I will be interviewing Ron DeSantis, and he has quite an announcement to make,” Musk confirmed on Tuesday, promising the event would be unscripted, with “real-time questions and answers.”
“It’s going to be live. Let it rip,” Musk told a Wall Street Journal News paper conference.
The announcement will come with a campaign launch video and the start of a three-day retreat in Miami for some of DeSantis’s wealthiest donors.
The donors will be briefed on the campaign before the governor swings through several early-voting states next week, according to sources familiar with his thinking.
Long viewed as the most viable challenger to twice-impeached former president Trump, DeSantis is better known than most other hopefuls. But critics say he still lacks the frontrunner’s national profile.
However, DeSantis is becoming well known as a conservative fighting for families, and what he views as LGBTQ+ propaganda brought on minors as he took on the Walt Disney company.
It began when the corporation, under pressure from employees, criticized a Florida law prohibiting public school teachers from discussing sexuality and gender identity in the classroom.
In the latest escalation over what critics dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Disney scrapped plans to build a new campus in central Florida that would have enticed 2,000 employees to work in digital technology.
Walt Disney employs 80,000 people in Florida and is described as “a kingdom within a state”- has scrapped plans to build a new campus in central Florida. It would have enticed 2,000 employees from California to work in digital technology.
As the Florida governor prepares to announce a bid for the 2024 Republican nomination, commentators said it is a conflict of his choosing to impress his supporters. “Do they have a First Amendment right to be advocating for gender ideology in kindergarten? Yeah, I guess,” DeSantis wondered.
Thousands of miles away in Hungary, the conservative rightwing government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán signed up to the European Union’s first law banning LGBTQ+ education and information for minors.
Orbán views himself as a close friend of former President Trump, whose re-election campaign he openly supports.
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