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Haley Campaign Press Release - Desperate DeSantis Caught With His Pants on Fire

October 18, 2023

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Desperate politicians say desperate things. As his campaign hangs by a thread, Ron DeSantis is lying about Nikki Haley's record and was caught red-handed. A fresh fact check declared DeSantis' attack unequivocally "false."

Let's take a trip down memory lane. Over the the past five months, Ron DeSantis has faced one embarrassment after another—his disastrous Twitter announcement, his inability to connect with voters, his exploding burn rate, his campaign's Nazi video, mass firings, reboot #1, a new campaign manager, reboot #2, donors fleeing, reboot #3, his continued high burn rate, his sinking poll numbers, more sinking poll numbers, and his dwindling primary bank account—just to name a few.

Lies, sweet little lies: "What does a losing campaign do? Resort to desperate lies and mudslinging," Haley spokesperson Nachama Soloveichik said. "Failing Ron DeSantis is trying to revive his corpse of a campaign by lying about Nikki Haley's record. Everyone knows that Nikki opposed resettling Syrian refugees in South Carolina and in America, and she calls on Arab countries to take Gazan refugees. Ron DeSantis is out of time, out of money, and out of luck. Nikki's already in the passing lane, putting him in her rearview mirror."

Fact check: FALSE! Outside of DeSantis' Twitter bots, independent fact checkers, news reports, and conservatives are calling DeSantis' attacks what they are: LIES.

  • "Verdict: False. Haley was talking about DeSantis's remarks about Palestinians being anti-Semitic, not about accepting refugees from Gaza."

  • Conservative radio host Guy Benson: "A note from me: My radio show account has deleted a tweet stating that Nikki Haley 'proposed' settling Gazan refugees in the US, which was not a fair characterization."

  • CNN: "DeSantis in recent days has all but accused Haley of inviting Palestinian refugees to the United States – a position she has not advocated... DeSantis' actions of late suggest he views Haley as an emerging threat – if not for the nomination then at the very least to his chances of consolidating support before Iowa. He is increasingly confronted by chatter surrounding Haley, including from local reporters in New Hampshire and South Carolina – two states where she is polling ahead of him."

  • National Review's Zach Kessel: "@RonDeSantis's accusation is based on an interview @NikkiHaley did with Jake Tapper in which she disagreed with the Florida governor's argument that Gazan civilians and Hamas can be lumped together. Never has she proposed taking the refugees into the U.S."

  • Fox News' Kassy Dillon: "No where in the video does she say she wants to take in refugees. Her official position per her team is: 'Hamas-supporting countries like Iran, Qatar, and Turkey should take any refugees.'"

  • Semafor's Dave Weigel: "DeSantis's PAC keeps up this attack on Haley, claiming that she flip-flopped on refugees by citing this 2017 confirmation clip. But the clip is of her explaining why she wouldn't take unvetted Syrian refugees!"

Nikki Haley, Haley Campaign Press Release - Desperate DeSantis Caught With His Pants on Fire Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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