Donald Trump said it was an intern who retweeted a message insulting Iowa voters on the same day a new poll showed Ben Carson leading in the Hawkeye state.
It was a rare moment of conciliation for the Trump campaign, but Trump himself didn’t personally apologize, the New York Times reports.
The original tweet, which read, “#BenCarson is now leading in the #polls in #Iowa... Too much #Monsanto in the #corn creates issues in the brain?” came from the Twitter account @mygreenhippo on Oct. 22. It was later retweeted by Trump’s account.
But a few hours later, the retweet was gone, and Trump tweeted out another message saying, “The young intern who accidentally did a Retweet apologizes."
The original tweet was likely referring to the Quinnipiac University poll, released that same day, which shows Carson with an 8 point lead over Trump. The poll has Trump, who had been leading in the state, at 20 percent support, with Carson coming in at 28 percent, according to ABC News.
The trouble is followed closely by the Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll, released Oct. 23, that has Trump at just 19 percent support and Carson at 28 percent in the state, according to USA Today.
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