DeSantis’s wife launches his presidential campaign with first 2024 video
Ron DeSantis will officially enter the 2024 presidential race on Wednesday following months of speculation.
The Florida governor will take part in a live Twitter event with Elon Musk on Wednesday night, NBC News reports. Afterward, the campaign will release an official launch video.
On Tuesday night Casey DeSantis kicked off her husband’s campaign by posting a video of him getting ready to go on stage in front of an American flag.
“America is worth the fight… Every. Single. Time,” Ms DeSantis tweeted along with the expensively produced video.
Mr DeSantis, 44, is seen as Mr Trump’s biggest rival for the Republican vote with several Republican lawmakers and right-wing media rallying behind him after the midterms.
However, the latest polls show Mr DeSantis trailing Mr Trump.
This comes at a time when Mr DeSantis is going to war with Disney and pushing back on the NAACP‘s advisory warning travellers that Florida is “openly hostile” towards Black people, people of colour and LGBT+ people due to his laws.
DeSantis is recruiting police officers with violent records, report says
Last spring, Mr DeSantis signed legislation giving a $5,000 after-tax bonus to new law enforcement recruits in Florida. The bill, Mr DeSantis claimed, would lure the “best and the brightest” law enforcement officers from states around the country to Florida.
Oliver O’Connell24 May 2023 11:45
WATCH: Casey DeSantis soft launches husband Ron’s 2024 bid
Rachel Sharp24 May 2023 11:15
Hamburger Mary’s sues Florida over DeSantis drag ban
A famous drag show restaurant has filed a lawsuit against the state of Florida and Governor Ron DeSantis, claiming a bill that prohibits children’s attendance at drag shows has hurt its business and is a violation of the First Amendment.
Hamburger Mary’s Orlando, a franchise location of the drag show restaurant chain Hamburger Mary’s, is alleging that the state of Florida, “Seeks to explicitly restrict or chill speech and expression protected by the First Amendment” in a lawsuit filed in the US District Court for the Middle District of Florida on Monday.
Ariana Baio has the details.
Oliver O’Connell24 May 2023 10:45
DeSantis boasts about ‘quarter century’ of conservative Supreme Court majority if he wins White House
Florida Gov Ron DeSantis has predicted that if he were to win the presidency, conservatives could have a 7-2 majority on the Supreme Court for 25 years.
The governor and prospective candidate for the Republican nomination for president made the remarks while speaking at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Orlando.
Eric Garcia reports from Washington, DC.
Oliver O’Connell24 May 2023 09:15
Why is Florida’s governor at war with Mickey Mouse?
For years, Florida legislators and the governor’s office enjoyed a close relationship with The Walt Disney Company, among the state’s largest employers, wielding enormous political influence while bringing in billions of dollars to the state each year.
Now, the company and allies of Republican governor Ron DeSantis are suing one another, following a year-long feud over opposition to what opponents have called Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law that boiled over into political and legal battles that could shape the company’s business in the state.
Alex Woodward explains what is happening.
Oliver O’Connell24 May 2023 07:45
DeSantis makes subtle dig at Trump and vows to ‘protect faith and family’
As DeSantis pitched the appointment of a seventh right-leaning justice to the Supreme Court, the Florida governor noted how he, if elected president, would be able to run for re-election and spend eight years in the White House, unlike Mr Trump who would only be able to serve one term as he has already spent four years as the commander-in-chief.
Oliver O’Connell24 May 2023 05:45
Would DeSantis do better than Trump against Biden? Laura Ingraham thinks so
Donald Trump has lashed out at his longtime booster and Fox News host Laura Ingraham after she reported on polls suggesting the former president’s Republican rival would be a better match to take back the White House in 2024.
Oliver O’Connell24 May 2023 04:45
Someone who won’t be running for president? Tucker Carlson
Lawyers for Tucker Carlson sent a cease-and-desist letter to a super PAC urging the former Fox News host to run for president.
“Mr. Carlson will not run for President in 2024 under any circumstances, and therefore your misrepresentations are damaging to Mr. Carlson and defrauding his supporters,” the letter, sent Monday and obtained by The Hill, reads.
“If you do not immediately cease and desist your efforts to solicit money to ‘draft’ Mr. Carlson, we will use every legal means at our disposal to vindicate his rights and protect his supporters from these misrepresentations.”
Josh Marcus has the full story.
Oliver O’Connell24 May 2023 03:45
Trump v DeSantis: How did the two fall out?
During his own tenure in the White House in 2018, Mr Trump loudly cheered Mr DeSantis’s bid for the governor’s mansion, throwing his weight behind the former congressman and appearing at rallies to stump for him, playing an important role in the candidate’s narrow defeat of Democratic rival and Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum.
Since then, however, a great deal of water has passed beneath the bridge and the two men are now increasingly antagonistic towards each other.
Oliver O’Connell24 May 2023 02:45
David Sacks: The controversial entrepreneur hosting Ron DeSantis 2024 event with Elon Musk
South African-born venture capitalist has stirred controversy with his stance on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Graeme Massie24 May 2023 02:17