Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis officially unveiled his long-awaited Republican bid for the presidency on Wednesday in a bungled announcement on Twitter that was plagued by glitches and saw hundreds of thousands of viewers booted from the event.
Elon Musk, Twitter’s owner and former CEO, had teased the announcement for days, but things quickly went awry as audio feeds cut out and Twitter staff could be heard cutting in to try and fix the situation. At one point, more than 500,000 people seemed to be tuned in to the Twitter Spaces event before it suddenly went offline. Musk was able to launch a new online venue, but only about half of the original viewers were able to join.
“Man, I think we melted the internet there,” David Sacks, the moderator of the discussion, said at one point.
Musk, who said the rollout was “unfortunate,” was finally able to introduce the governor for a “historic announcement,” saying he believed it was valuable to hear directly from candidates for a “real experience.”