Donald Trump’s presidential campaign announcement, which took place at Mar-a-Lago in November last year, was viewed by around 4.5 times the number of people that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis garnered on Twitter this week, according to data.
If Twitter didn’t have so many glitches, DeSantis might have gotten a few more hundred people.
DeSantis claimed his presidential announcement on Twitter Spaces was watched by “probably over 10 million people.”
However, there is no evidence of this; the space managed only just over 300,000 concurrent listeners, with Twitter showing a current tally of 3.9 million people tuning in.
In comparison, Trump’s announcement presidential campaign announcement achieved millions more concurrent viewers than DeSantis, pulling in 5.16 million people on Fox News alone, while CNN added 2.43 million more.
As The National Pulse noted:
The number of people who tuned in after the fact is harder to determine, but some indication of the level of interest in Trump’s announcement can be determined from looking at the numbers for networks which streamed Trump’s announcement on YouTube: Fox News pulled in 1.2m views, Fox Business another 826,000, and CNBC 612,000, for example.
Video of the full speech uploaded to the site by CNN adds 660,800 viewers, ABC Action News another 923,000, with hundreds of thousands more spread out across channels for relatively obscure broadcasters, with uploads of the speech by the likes of Fox 2 Detroit, for example, boasting 117,000 views. Video streaming platform Rumble showed a further 2.05 million views on the official account of Donald J. Trump alone, while the Right Side Broadcasting Network (RSBN) announced that it hit more than 3.8 million viewers for the speech.
Trump again demonstrated this “ratings gold” again in April 2023, with a major speech following his indictment in New York being viewed by 6.6 million viewers on Fox alone, with another 2.125 million watching on CNN – “far higher than the network ha[d] seen in prime time in months,” Forbes observed.
As The Daily Fetched reported on Friday, DeSantis is now suffering a costly ripple effect following his glitch-ridden campaign kick-off on Twitter Spaces, causing new New Hampshire supporters to flip their endorsement to Trump.
New Hampshire state Rep. Sandra Panek decided that DeSantis’s Twitter glitch was a bad omen.
“After being less than impressed with Ron DeSantis’s official announcement last night, I am hereby switching my endorsement to President Donald J. Trump,” she said in the statement – a big blow for DeSantis.
“We can’t expect someone to run the country if they can’t properly run their own campaign launch. The stakes are simply too great in 2024 to take a chance on someone as unreliable as DeSantis — we need a proven winner like President Trump to take back the White House and Make America Great Again!” she said.