Fact Check

Donald Trump Drops White House Bid?

Satirical news, but not real news, reported that Donald Trump dropped out of the presidential race.

Published Dec. 22, 2015

Donald Trump suspended his presidential campaign in December 2015.

On 22 December 2015, the web site Q Political published an article reporting that Republican candidate Donald Trump had dropped out of the 2016 Presidential race:

Donald Trump has been dominating the polls for weeks and has shown no sign of slowing down in this Presidential race.

So it came as a shock to everyone when he announced that he will be withdrawing from the race this week.

"I have never been a fan of politicians and just realized I was slowly becoming my own worst enemy. I'm dropping out of the race to leave a path for others to succeed since I am so awesome that nobody else could have stood a chance against me."

While Q Political frequently publishes publishes articles misleading titles, the web site isn't specifically known as a satirical one, and therefore many readers may have missed the "satire" tag underneath the article reporting Trump's departure from the presidential race:

trump satire

In fact, not only has Donald Trump not announced his departure from the 2016 presidential race, he told the Washington Post in an interview published on on 9 December 2015 that he "will never leave the race."

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.