In a stunning show of desperation, the mainstream media is claiming that Donald Trump may drop out of the Presidential race, despite being told otherwise by the Trump campaign.

The media is so desperate to derail Trump’s campaign that a flurry of news publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and People magazine are pushing the same dishonest story.

The origin of this rumor can be traced to CNBC correspondent John Harwood, who said in recent tweet: “Manafort not challenging Trump anymore. Mailing it in. Staff suicidal.”

This ridiculous move illustrates just how far the media will go to stop Trump, even if it means fabricating a story entirely.

Trump’s campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks responded to the obvious dishonesty by stating “There is no truth to this whatsoever,” and Trump’s campaign spokesman Jason Miller responded to the tweet:

“The idea that Paul Manafort’s mailing it in is completely erroneous. Our campaign just finished up our strongest month of fundraising to date, we’re adding talented and experienced staffers on a daily basis, and Mr. Trump’s turning out bigger, more enthusiastic crowds than Hillary Clinton ever could.”

Miller also sent a tweet quoting a conservative writer who called John Harwood “unabashedly liberal and very biased against conservatives” after Harwood asked Trump if he were running a “a comic-book version” of a presidential campaign during the debates last fall.

The New York Times reports that “Republicans now say Mr. Trump’s obstinacy in addressing perhaps the gravest crisis of his campaign may trigger drastic defections within the party, and Republican lawmakers and strategists have begun to entertain abandoning him en masse.”

This is the media’s way of communicating to the GOP establishment that this is their chance to finally be rid of Trump: Just say he’ll drop out and maybe he will.

The media will latch onto anything they can to spin this into a story that hurts Trump’s campaign and takes the focus off of Clinton’s terrible numbers and the DNC’s favoritism towards her.

Trump’s refusal to endorse Paul Ryan and John McCain, along with the tumultuous back-and-forth with Khizr Khan has given the media an opportunity to try to sow confusion and discord within the Republican Party.

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