FACT CHECK: Did Trump Release A Statement Calling DeSantis A ‘Rino?’

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook purports that former President Donald Trump released a statement attacking Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis calling him a “Rino,” an abbreviation for “Republican in name only.”

Verdict: False

The claim stems from a satirical Twitter account. There is no evidence that Trump released this statement.

Fact Check:

DeSantis recently signed into law expansions on the school voucher program in Florida, The Associated Press reported. The law, which passed during a time of major speculation on whether he would run for president in 2024, will allow more students from K-12 schools to be allowed to use state vouchers for private schools, according to the outlet.

The Twitter post shared a screenshot of an alleged statement featuring letterhead from Trump’s office. The alleged statement features Trump’s newest campaign motto “Save America,” and was purportedly sent on March 20.

“RON DESANTIS JUST OUTED HIMSELF AS A ‘RINO’ BY NOT DEFENDING ME AGAINST THE LATEST MADE UP WITCH HUNT ABOUT THIS HORSE FACE,” the alleged statement reads. “I COULDN’T POINT OUT IF SHE WAS IN THE ROOM RIGHT NOW!” (RELATED: No, This Image Does Not Show A Mugshot Of Donald Trump)

There is no credible news report that suggests this statement is authentic. The post appears to have stemmed from a satirical Twitter account. The account, The Halfway Post, self identifies as a satire. The account bio reads, “Halfway true comedy and satire by @DashMacIntyre. I don’t report the facts, I improve them.”

There is no press release from Trump’s office making any such statement. The former president has been critical of DeSantis’ for his statements regarding Trump’s possible indictment for money paid to Stormy Daniels.

This is not the first time misinformation pertaining to the possible indictment of Trump has been shared online. Check Your Fact recently debunked an alleged post from Trump claiming that an indictment of him is an indictment of all.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter

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