(LifeSiteNews) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will announce his entrance into the 2024 presidential contest during a Wednesday night Twitter interview with billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, numerous reports indicated on Tuesday.
On Tuesday afternoon, Fox News national correspondent Bill Melugin reported that Fox had confirmed the Florida governor “will announce his 2024 Presidential run tomorrow night, 6pm ET in a Twitter Spaces interview with [Elon Musk].”
The Daily Wire also confirmed the accuracy of the reports.
In comments to Fox News on Tuesday, Musk declared that the conservative governor would take part in the unscripted question-and-answer session, during which he will have “quite an announcement to make.” Musk, who voted for Joe Biden in 2020, previously stated his political views are increasingly aligned with conservatives and that he would vote for DeSantis in 2024 if he were to run.
UPDATE (04/22/23): Twitter has inexplicably removed its ‘government-funded media' label from Canada’s CBC and NPR, with neither using their accounts despite Elon Musk seeming to backtrack on his decision to promote transparency around their funding.
That means, after what appeared to be a victory, our campaign is far from over.
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UPDATE (04/18/2023): The CBC — Canadian Broadcasting Corporation — is reeling after Elon Musk finally applied the 'Government-funded Media' label to its Twitter page on Sunday in a welcome victory for people like you who used LifePetitions.com to call for this transparency.
The CBC, which receives about $1.24 billion in public funding every year, lashed out at the move yesterday, announcing it would 'pause' its use of Twitter and insisting that the government provides less than 70% of its funding.
Elon Musk has wryly inserted “69%” beside the “Government-funded Media” Twitter label in response.
Canadian Broadcasting Corp said they’re “less than 70% government-funded”, so we corrected the label pic.twitter.com/lU1EWf76Zu— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 18, 2023
The broadcaster denys that the Canadian government wields any influence over its editorial decisions, but this claim may have been undermined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's remarkably swift and public defense of the CBC in the wake of Twitter's decision.
Trudeau claimed yesterday that the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leader Pierre Poilievre was trying to “attack a foundational Canadian institution” when, like you, he petitioned Elon Musk to label the CBC appropriately.
The Prime Minister appeared inconsolable yesterday, which speaks volumes for how useful the CBC was and is to his office.
Thank you for taking part in this LifePetition to Elon Musk - this victory shows once again that people-power matters.
Elon Musk is taking unprecedented steps for free-speech advocates by exposing state-sponsored media for their lies and agendas — including the BBC and NPR.
The time is NOW while the trend is hot to ask that Elon Musk also label Canada’s CBC for what it is: state-sponsored media and a propaganda machine of the radical left.
Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre this week informed Musk that the public broadcaster receives the “vast majority of its funding” from the federal government.
CBC/Radio Canada received a whopping $1.24 billion in government funding in 2021-2022.
Now that Elon Musk is taking massive swings at the leftist mainstream media outlets like BBC and NPR it is time for Canadians to remind him of what's happening up here.
In fact, Musk just DESTROYED a BBC reporter live on air in a widely televised “Twitter Spaces” interview.
Will Elon Musk also take aim at the CBC? WE MUST LET HIM KNOW THAT THE CBC IS A CORRUPT STATE-SPONSORED ARM OF THE ANTI-FREEDOM TRUDEAU GOVERNMENT.
War has been waged by Elon Musk against the mainstream media — we cannot let Canada’s biggest propaganda machine operate unnoticed!
Look at just some of the headlines in these agenda pieces proudly published by the CBC:
CLIMATE ALARMISM: “Researchers need help to determine which birds are most at risk from climate change.”
PRO LGBT AGENDA: “These kids' books depicting 'joyful, queer stories' are being censored in Hungary and Russia.”
PRO TRANSGENDER AGENDA: “Two-spirit, trans, non-binary, gender diverse people face 'exceptional barriers to overcome': Manitoba artist”
ANTI-FREEDOM: “Conservative opposition to mandatory vaccinations is 'irresponsible' and 'dangerous,' says Trudeau.”
PRO EXPERIMENTAL VACCINE: “Here’s a science-backed approach to timing your next dose.”
AND SO MUCH MORE REPORTED BY LIFESITENEWS!
Now is the time to act — tell Elon Musk, owner of Twitter, to EXPOSE the CBC for the pro-Trudeau agenda-carrying propaganda machine that it is.
***SIGN: TWITTER MUST LABEL THE CBC AS STATE-SPONSORED MEDIA NOW***
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DeSantis’ anticipated announcement comes after months of waiting for the popular Florida governor to officially throw his hat into the ring. To date, DeSantis has been coy about stating whether or not he will run even while frequently wading into national politics, meeting with foreign dignitaries, and holding a rally in early-voting battleground state Iowa earlier this month.
It remains to be seen whether DeSantis’ announcement will bolster his polling numbers, which have begun to decline in comparison with his chief political rival, Donald Trump. Trump, who announced his candidacy in November, has spent months attacking DeSantis even though he endorsed him for governor in 2018. The Florida governor scored a sweeping re-election victory last year, but has seen his earlier competitive numbers as a presidential candidate against Trump subside in recent months as Trump dominates headlines.
Social conservatives’ preference between DeSantis and Trump will likely focus on the Republicans’ differences with regard to key issues including abortion, LGBT ideology, and COVID-19 mandates.
DeSantis fully re-opened Florida in September 2020 and has fiercely fought COVID jab mandates, while Trump has gotten backlash from his base for touting his work getting the highly controversial injections produced and rolled out. Despite taking credit for the shots, however, Trump has held that he doesn’t believe the shots should be mandated.
READ: DeSantis signs new laws banning ‘medical authoritarianism,’ protecting unvaxxed residents
In addition, DeSantis has signed legislation banning abortion at six weeks’ gestation, a decision from which Trump has distanced himself by suggesting it may be “too harsh.” The reaction came despite the fact that Trump played a major role in the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June 2022, thanks to his judicial appointments.
Meanwhile, DeSantis isn’t the only high-profile conservative to favor Twitter over traditional media outlets. Following his abrupt ouster in April, Fox News primetime personality Tucker Carlson announced he was moving his show to the platform, which he described as a rare refuge for free speech. The move came after Daily Wire podcaster Matt Walsh began to publish his show to Twitter after he was de-monetized on YouTube after refusing to call transgender-identifying figures by their “preferred pronouns.” On Tuesday, The Daily Wire announced that it would post all of its videos to Twitter.
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