Twitter owner Elon Musk has opened his platform to all presidential candidates after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis launched his White House bid on Wednesday evening. Despite initial technical issues, the launch allowed DeSantis to field questions from over 700,000 listeners, allowing voters to hear directly from potential candidates in a “conversational tone.” Musk lauded the event as an opportunity for voters to “understand who might be their president in a way that’s real,” and expressed his excitement for “future conversations and a great national dialogue.”
From the end of the Space:@DavidSacks: “The invitation is open to any other candidates who want to do this”@ElonMusk: “Absolutely, it is important for people to hear directly from candidates” pic.twitter.com/yKQmvvCGor
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) May 24, 2023
Although the invitation was open to all candidates, Joe Biden chose to mock the event with a tweet that linked to his 2024 campaign donation page. Meanwhile, former President Donald J. Trump is currently contractually bound to use TruthSocial exclusively, but insiders suggest he intends to make a return to Twitter in the future.
The White House launch was plagued by a series of technical difficulties, including echoing microphones, but Republicans remained eager to hear from DeSantis on a range of issues, including DEI policies and the federal government’s response to COVID-19. Despite the event’s imperfections, the desire to hear directly from candidates offers a refreshing contrast to the scripted and curated messaging seen from Democratic campaigns.
At a time when Americans are losing trust in the mainstream media and disenfranchised by an out-of-touch political elite, Twitter has provided a valuable platform for authentic and unfiltered conversations between candidates and voters. With millions of Americans tuning in to hear from potential presidential candidates, it’s clear that Twitter has emerged as one of the most important tools for political discourse in the United States.
Source: Trending Politics