Did Donald Trump just post fake news?
Trump posted on Truth Social that his sources stated that DeSantis was going to drop out of the race.
As soon as the claim was posted, however, DeSantis’ team pushed back and pushed back hard.
Trump posted, “[Rumors] are strong in political circles that Ron DeSanctimonious, whose Presidential run is a shambles, and whose poll numbers have absolutely crashed, putting him 3rd and 4th in some states, will be dropping out of the Presidential race in order to run, in Florida, against Rick Scott for Senate.
“Now that’s an interesting one, isn’t it,” reported the Daily Wire.
As you are about to see in the post below, Trump’s original post was littered with mistakes, but it was pulled and reposted with the corrections made.
DeSantis Campaign Press Secretary Bryan Griffin snagged a screenshot of the post and responded before the corrections were made, however.
This is fake news. Clearly, Donald Trump and his army of consultants are panicked about @RonDeSantis' winning debate performance and the strong momentum that has followed. They know this is a two-man race, and we will carry this on to a win in this presidential primary. Instead… https://t.co/f4PNHEzHnE
— Bryan Griffin (@BryanDGriffin) August 28, 2023
Solidly in second place, DeSantis is not going anywhere anytime soon, of that I am sure.
His goal is to get this down to a two-man race so he can get a better feel for where he stands, and believe me, this field will be very small by the time we get to Super Tuesday.
However, if there is even one extra person in the race by then, it will more or less hand the race to Trump, who clearly benefits from a bigger field.
While Trump still holds a commanding lead, DeSantis did make up ground after the first debate and if you can believe it, he actually leads Trump in polling of voters that would consider voting for him.
In the latest polling, DeSantis now has 67.5 support for consideration, while Trump dropped 5.8 points to 61.4 for those who would consider voting for him. Let me again stress, however, that Trump is still holding a monster lead in terms of the current GOP field.
The current FiveThirtyEight average has Trump at 49.9 percent, with DeSantis at 14.6 percent.
RealClearPolitics average is Trump at 53.9 and DeSantis at 13.1.
In either polling, nobody else is even worth mentioning, with Christie, Scott, Burgum, and Hutchinson now below the mandated three percent to participate in the next debate.