After his “botched” 2024 presidential announcement, SiriusXM host Megyn Kelly gave Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis some stern advice.
During a segment of her podcast, Kelly expressed displeasure with DeSantis’ announcement on Twitter Spaces with Elon Musk last week, stating that his presidential campaign debut had the “unsteady feel of a disaster unfolding right before your eyes.”
Kelly stated that DeSantis should have made an announcement in front of an audience to demonstrate his ability to communicate with electors and “storytell.”
She added that she has attempted to have DeSantis on her podcast but has received no response, leading her to say that the governor needs to “grow a pair” and do interviews that are not always simple.
“It was embarrassing and awkward and had the bewildering, unsteadying feel of a disaster unfolding before your very eyes. You can’t look away and yet you’re viscerally uncomfortable watching too. He made the announcement on Twitter Spaces with Elon Musk and our pal David Sacks. Kudos to all involved for choosing a different medium and bypassing the mainstream media which hates DeSantis and which is *hated* by most Republican voters,” Kelly said.
“I support that mission but its execution here, to put it kindly, did not work. How on earth were the kinks not worked out beforehand? Some 600,000 people tried logging on to watch – a considerable feat given that most of us have never been on Twitter Spaces – only to be met with messages like: ‘This Space is Not Available’ and ‘This Space Has Ended’ all before it had even begun! Not a good omen and certainly not the messaging a campaign wants on launch night. Not available! This is over! It was, indeed, a failure to launch and it’s dominating the news coverage today – the result of an unnecessary, unforced error on DeSantis’s part,” she added.
Kelly, a former Fox News host, referred to DeSantis as “chicken” and stated that she had reached out to the DeSantis campaign but had not received a “yes” for an interview.
“Grow two eyes. Come in for a confrontational interview with someone who will ask you difficult questions. Be a man. “I’m sick of the duck-and-cover routine he only performs with friendly media,” Kelly stated.
“Where is the Freddy Mercury moment on the other side of the curtain?! With the fans cheering and smiling and excited to be with him?! Or how about just shots of DeSantis connecting with real-life voters, glad-handing with a smile, holding the hand of a concerned voter somewhere? Talk about a missed opportunity – especially for a guy who’s already suspected of lacking the personal touch one needs to succeed in presidential politics,” Kelly continued.
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“What we then got once the glitches were behind us was a clearly scripted, uninspiring campaign speech of a few minutes – all audio-only – delivered in DeSantis’s trademark nasal voice – and then questions to kick it off about whether his policies in Florida are racist and reports of lost jobs in his state. What?? You led with questions about your controversies. Yes, they’re BS controversies but why go there? Right off the bat! Stay on *your* message! Stay on offense!” she said. CONTINUE READING…