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Donald Trump - Ron Desantis came to me with "tears running down his face" for an endorsement...he was leaving the race"
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In an interview on Thursday, Trump told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that he was single-handedly responsible for getting DeSantis elected as governor in 2018. While this is a claim Trump has made before, this time he added a bit more flourish to the story. “Ron DeSantis got elected because of me,” he told Hewitt. “You remember, he had nothing, he was dead, he was leaving the race, he came over and he begged me, begged me, for an endorsement. He was getting ready to drop out…. He said, ‘If you endorse me, I’ll win,’ and there were tears coming down from his eyes.”
He later added that once he rubber-stamped DeSantis’s campaign, “everything collapsed” for primary opponent Adam Putnam, and that the endorsement got DeSantis “past the crackhead [Andrew Gillum], who was the hottest person in the Democratic Party at the time,” in the general election.
Is the story of DeSantis crying while begging for Trump’s approval actually true? On the one hand, this sounds a lot like Trump’s famous “sir” stories, which are crafted to make him look good but tend not to have a basis in reality. (It also sounds tonally similar to his insults about people doing things “like a dog.” In fact, we’re honestly surprised he hasn’t yet claimed DeSantis begged him “like a dog,” but perhaps that’s coming.) On the other, DeSantis was once such a huge fan of Trump that he made an entire, hugely embarrassing campaign video about his love for the guy.