Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has come under fire following changes made to his Twitter handle in preparation for a reported presidential bid announcement this week.
Formerly recognized on Twitter as @GovRonDeSantisFL, the governor has changed his Twitter handle to @GovRonDeSantis.
The decision to drop the “FL” from his handle has been interpreted by some as an act of distancing himself from the state that propelled him into the national spotlight.
Critics argue that by removing the “FL,” DeSantis is effectively signaling that he views Florida as a means to an end and has little intention of continuing his service as governor beyond his current term.
The choice to change his Twitter handle is widely interpreted as a clear indication that he is gearing up to make an imminent presidential announcement, according to many observers.
A senior member of DeSantis’ political team told the Daily Caller, “Stay tuned” when asked whether the governor’s handle change indicated that he was considering a run for president.
DeSantis has been widely speculated as a potential contender for the Republican presidential nomination in the upcoming 2024 election.
DeSantis is expected to formally file papers with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) on Wednesday, May 24th, coinciding with his candidacy declaration following a donor conference in Miami.
His entry into the presidential race comes at a time when his poll numbers have completely cratered. The latest GOP primary poll has Trump soaring to 61%.