Laugh all the way to the White House? Florida Governor DeSantis will join the 2024 presidential race NEXT WEEK as images emerge of him laughing maniacally (before SUDDENLY stopping!)
- Paperwork expected to be filed May 25 with US election authorities
- DeSantis trails Donald Trump in most national polls for GOP primary
- He rose to prominence fighting Covid restrictions and his ‘war on revival’
Potential presidential candidate Ron DeSantis will officially enter the 2024 race for the White House, Reuters news agency reported.
Citing two sources close to the Florida governor, the report said the 44-year-old will file the necessary paperwork to run for US election authorities on May 25.
It takes place at the same time as a fundraising event in Miami for the former congressman where donors are to be put to “work”.
Republican lawmaker has become former President Donald Trump’s biggest rival for GOP nomination; the two men were one-time allies during Trump’s time in the White House.
Reuters, citing sources, said an official campaign launch will take place the week of May 29 at an as-yet-undisclosed location. .
It comes as a video of DeSantis roaring with laughter has surfaced online, as the 2024 hopeful makes an apparent effort to relax.
The video, which first aired on C-Span, shows the governor engaged in conversation with a man at a classic car show in Iowa on May 13.
DeSantis, who sometimes seems uncomfortable talking to voters, asks, “I saw you had like a 1955 Porsche in there.” This one is nice. How much is it worth?’
“Ugh, we won’t even talk about it,” the man replies. DeSantis was clearly tickled by the remark and threw his head back to let out a big, gaping laugh.
The video, which first aired on C-Span, shows the highly controversial Republican engaged in a conversation with a man who cracks a joke that made the governor laugh.
He will have to reverse a deepening chasm in the opinion polls, with numerous voter surveys showing the ex-commander-in-chief as the strong favorite to win the Republican primary.
The Sunshine State governor had said he planned to stay out of the presidential race until the end of the last session of the Florida legislature.
A veteran of the US Navy, DeSantis has risen to prominence nationwide due to his strong opposition to Covid-era restrictions.
He also waged a so-called “war on revival”, attacking Disney for criticizing its “Don’t Say Gay” law that banned LGBT education in schools.
The owner of the famed Walt Disney World resort in Orlando has filed a lawsuit against DeSantis after state officials terminated a deal to develop the theme park.
Florida lawmakers then voted to restructure the special ward that had been created around Disney World.
It gave DeSantis the power to appoint members to the district board, which the movie giant says amounts to unlawful state interference in its business affairs.
Former President Trump said his eventual presidential run was “foiled, foiled and embarrassed by Mickey Mouse”.
DeSantis, 44, won re-election as governor last year, beating his Democratic opponent by nearly 20 percentage points.