VIDEO: DeSantis Falls On Stage?

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – Recently, a brief video clip showing Ron DeSantis experiencing a slight misstep while leaving the stage during an intermission at the Republican presidential debate in Miami became a trending topic online.

In the six-second video, which was posted on a platform that has taken the place of Twitter, the governor of Florida can be seen momentarily losing his balance as he descends from the podium, but quickly recovers. Off-camera, a woman’s voice can be heard expressing surprise at the momentary lapse. The clip has captured the attention of many, accruing over 140,000 views and being shared widely.

The debate featured five Republican figures, including DeSantis. The roster comprised former Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina, business figure Vivek Ramaswamy, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina. The group did not include Donald Trump, the forerunner for the 2024 nomination, who decided to sit out this and prior debates, citing his strong polling as justification.

Reactions to DeSantis’s stumble were mixed on social media. Some poked fun at him, referencing past rumors about him wearing lifts—claims he has refuted. Others showed compassion, pointing out the commonality of such missteps.

The debate itself was contentious, marked by sharp disagreements over various issues, including fiscal policies and support for Ukraine. A notably tense moment occurred when Haley and Ramaswamy exchanged harsh words over the use of TikTok, with Haley labeling Ramaswamy disparagingly after he brought up her daughter’s use of the platform.

Post-debate, the discourse remained fiery, with Haley dismissing Ramaswamy’s presidential credibility during an interview, while Ramaswamy made unfounded allegations against Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, echoing baseless narratives often propagated by Russian media.

DeSantis took the opportunity to criticize Trump’s absence, challenging him to address his record and the recent string of Republican losses in various elections, highlighting setbacks such as the Democratic gains in Virginia and the pro-abortion rights vote in Ohio.


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