“Success is not definitive. Failure is not lethal. What counts is having the courage to continue.” With these words, which are attributed to wartime British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Ron DeSantis tweeted a video to communicate that he was suspending his unsuccessful presidential campaign.
But there was a problem: according to the International Churchill Society, the former British prime minister never made that statement.
The incident occurred on Sunday announce the suspension of his campaign on X (formerly known as Twitter).
However, years before, the society that honors the memory of the former British president had twice denied that the phrase was his authorship.
“We are based on detailed research into a canon of fifty million words by and about Churchill, including all his books, articles, speeches and documents,” the organization said in response to a 2013 article published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitutionwhich also used the same quote.
According to the organization, two of Churchill’s quotes were: “No one can guarantee success in war, but you can deserve it” and “Success always requires great effort.”
DeSantis was trailing former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley and former President Donald Trump in next week’s New Hampshire primary. Haley is in second place, behind Trump.
DeSantis took the opportunity to support who he once was his archenemy, responsible for nicknamed him “Ron DeSanctimonio” and “meatball Ron.”
“It is clear to me that the majority of Republican primary voters want to give Donald Trump another chance,” DeSantis said in a video message. “They watched as his presidency was hampered with relentless resistance.”
And he added: “Trump is superior to the current president, Joe Biden. That is clear.”