“Fire whoever told you to go on Twitter!” Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer says Ron DeSantis needs to move on from chaotic Twitter launch because he can BEAT Trump – and details how he can do it
- Former Trump aide blamed DeSantis employees for disastrous Twitter launch
- “Whoever consultant thinks it was a good idea should be fired”
- Spicer said the Florida governor could still win the nomination if he scores a key win early in the primary
Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has criticized Ron DeSantis’ botched Twitter campaign launch, but says the Florida governor could still beat Donald Trump.
Speaking at a private event, the former Trump administration official lambasted the Navy veteran for his error-ridden and “scripted” social media launch.
DeSantis’ first 20 minutes on a so-called live Twitter space with Elon Musk were plagued with technical issues, with audio breaking regularly, before the 44-year-old could deliver his speech for to be the Republican candidate.
Spicer, seen here in March, was speaking at a private event for congressional communications professionals in Washington DC
Spicer, seen here second from right, was a key aide in the early days of the Trump administration
“Whoever consultant thinks it was a good idea should be fired.” They didn’t do their job. You didn’t break the internet. Internet did not break. You did it, he said.
“I don’t think it was thought through,” said the former Newsmax presenter, who plans to start his own YouTube channel. “Someone had this idea and it just didn’t work out well.
“Your message is: I’m the competent version of Trump, but I couldn’t run an ad. That doesn’t fit who you’re trying to be with. Is that a killer blow for him? No, it’s just a missed opportunity.
“I’ve been a huge fan of how Governor DeSantis has been, but I just don’t think his team has served him well.”
The 51-year-old said the newly declared presidential candidate could still win the Republican Party nomination and fend off competition from the former commander-in-chief.
“If I have to shoot the king, I know better you’re going to kill him,” the former reality TV star told an audience of congressmen Thursday night.
“If I’m DeSantis, the path to the nomination is to knock out Trump in one of the top two (voting) four states. Talk about what you do in Iowa, talk about what you do in New Hampshire.
“When I talk about the Republican race, I don’t give a damn about the national polls. I watch the rules to see how the nomination wins. It’s a delegate race. So I don’t care who is in a national poll.
Elon Musk appeared unfazed by the glitch-laden DeSantis Twitter event as he arrived in Los Angeles on Thursday
DeSantis appears to have struggled to connect with voters in his first public appearances, prompting criticism that he lacks the charisma to secure the GOP nomination
Donald Trump is spending the weekend at his Virginia golf club from where he launched social media tirades against DeSantis’ botched Twitter launch
Each state has a set number of delegates it will send to the Republican National Convention to anoint the eventual winner of the primary race, with just over 1,200 needed to secure the nomination.
Iowa will send 40 delegates to vote based on their caucus results, while New Hampshire will send 22.
But Donald Trump is the overwhelming favorite in national voter polls, garnering more than half of Republican voting intentions.
Trump is also ahead of DeSantis among Republican caucus voters in Iowa by 42 points, according to a new Emerson College poll.
The real estate mogul has 62% voter support, compared to 20% for DeSantis, according to the survey.
The latest New Hampshire poll has Trump on 39% to DeSantis on 18%, according to a National Research forecast.
Aides working on the Florida governor’s campaign claimed to have raised more than $8 million in the first 24 hours after it was officially launched.