Fox News appeared to have schadenfreude over Wednesday’s glitchy launch of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ 2024 GOP presidential campaign on Twitter.
The start of DeSantis’ announcement alongside the platform’s billionaire owner Elon Musk was delayed by multiple technical issues.
The conservative network, perhaps smarting that DeSantis didn’t make the announcement via its channels, responded in the snarkiest way on its website.
It published a banner that described the troubles as “Amateur Hour.”
“Much-hyped Ron DeSantis presidential announcement a disaster on Twitter,” the headline added.
The homepage also aired a crawl graphic that read: “PROGRAMMING NOTE: Want to actually see and hear Ron DeSantis? Tune into Fox News at 8 p.m.”
And when DeSantis later spoke with Fox’s Trey Gowdy for a mostly fawning interview, Gowdy told the governor: “I can’t promise you that I won’t crash, but Fox News will not crash during this interview.”
Gowdy later set up DeSantis to spin the issues, saying: “Maybe you just had a big audience.”
“We had a huge audience. It was the biggest they had ever had,” DeSantis replied, adding: “It did break the Twitter Space, and so we are really excited with the enthusiasm, but ultimately it’s about the future of our country.”