FACT CHECK: Was Ron DeSantis Advised To ‘Clobber’ Donald Trump Over His Dinner With Kanye West And Nick Fuentes?
A post shared on Facebook purports Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis was advised by his aides to “clobber” former President Donald Trump over his recent Mar-a-Lago dinner with rapper Kanye West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes.
The claim stems from a satirical website. There is no evidence to support DeSantis has been advised about any particular strategy to address Trump’s dinner.
Trump had dinner with West and Fuentes at his Mar-a-Lago residence Nov. 22, Axios reported. Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stated that it was “highly unlikely” the former president would regain the executive office as a result of the dinner, according to CNBC.
The Facebook post purports DeSantis’ aides advised him to “clobber” Trump over his dinner with West and Fuentes. The post further claims DeSantis ultimately chose not to “meddle in Trump’s personal affairs” following conversations with multiple staff members who each had different perspectives on the situation.
The claim is false. There are no credible news reports suggesting DeSantis’ aides advised him to “clobber” Trump over his dinner with West and Fuentes. DeSantis has neither mentioned the claim on his campaign website nor on his verified social media accounts. Likewise, Trump did not mention the purported claim involving DeSantis in a statement he posted about the dinner with West and Fuentes on his TRUTH Social profile.
A keyword search reveals the claim stems from a Nov. 26 article published on the website “Real Raw News.” A disclaimer included on the site’s “About Us” page indicates it contains “humor, parody, and satire.” (RELATED: Did Ron DeSantis And Clarence Thomas Have Lunch The Day Before The Dobbs V. Jackson Decision?)
Check Your Fact has contacted DeSantis and Trump spokespersons for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.
DeSantis, along with other allies, have reportedly stayed silent in regard to the dinner, according to Rolling Stone. However, the article makes no indication that aides have been suggesting the Florida Governor attack the former president.
This is not the first time a satirical claim has circulated online. Check Your Fact previously debunked a post purporting U.S. military leaders were divided over their support for potential 2024 Republican presidential candidates.