Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida is set to announce his 2024 presidential bid on Wednesday.
Fox News sources confirmed DeSantis will have a live audio conversation on Twitter with the platform’s owner, Elon Musk, at 6 p.m. EDT.
DeSantis has been expected to enter the presidential race, being one of the most popular Republican contenders behind former President Donald Trump. He will enter firmly in second place, well ahead of other Republican nominees, but far behind Trump.
The Florida governor was first elected in 2018 thanks to help from then-President Trump. Trump and his supporters took a hit at DeSantis soon after his candidacy was made known.
Referring to his aid in the governor’s 2018 election, Trump said that if DeSantis joined the presidential race, "I do think it would be a great act of disloyalty because, you know, I got him in. He had no chance. His political life was over."
The event with Musk, hosted on Twitter Spaces, will give DeSantis access to a large online audience as he enters the Republican primary race.
"Announcing on Twitter is perfect for Ron DeSantis," a Trump adviser told Fox News. "This way he doesn’t have to interact with people and the media can’t ask him any questions."
Musk identified his support for DeSantis in July of last year when he replied to a video of Trump criticizing the current Twitter owner.
“It’s time for Trump to hang up his hat & sail into the sunset,” Musk wrote. However, Musk has yet to endorse any candidate in the 2024 presidential race.
In response to a Twitter user expressing his surprise over Musk’s sentiment, the Twitter CEO wrote, “If DeSantis runs against Biden in 2024, then DeSantis will easily win – he doesn’t even need to campaign.”