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After former President Donald Trump floated the idea that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis might drop out of the GOP presidential primary and run for U.S. Senate against incumbent Sunshine State Sen. Rick Scott, DeSantis campaign press secretary Bryan Griffin slapped down the notion as "fake news."
"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?" Trump wrote.
It appears that an earlier version of Trump's post had included the misspelling "Roomer" instead of "Rumors."
"This is fake news," Griffin fired back when responding to Trump's comments. "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 of pushing fake news from New Jersey, the Trump campaign should be focused on getting their candidate on the campaign trail in Iowa and on the debate stage before it’s too late."
Trump, who holds a massive lead over the field of Republican presidential hopefuls, skipped the first GOP primary debate last week. While the outlook could change before the voting gets underway in 2024, polling currently indicates that Trump appears well positioned to trounce the competition and secure the GOP presidential nomination.
Scott, who previously served as Florida governor, has been in the U.S. Senate since 2019, and is aiming to get re-elected in 2024.
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Alex Nitzberg is a staff writer for Blaze News.