On Wednesday morning, while the nation struggles amid a global pandemic and increasing racial tensions, President Trump decided to use his free time to call in to one of his favorite morning shows and make some outrageous claims in what was basically a real-time recitation of his Twitter tantrums.
Trump dialed up “Fox & Friends” host Brian Kilmeade’s radio program and was given ample opportunity to lash out on various topics and one of his hottest subjects was that of polling.
And we all know what Trump does when he doesn’t like the true version of something: he makes up his own version.
Kilmeade said that Biden was beating Trump “in three separate polls,” and asked, “How do you explain that?”
That was all it took for Trump to start spewing: “I have other polls where I’m winning, and you’ve seen them, too, I guess… But I have polls — just like last time, I was losing to Hillary [Clinton] in every state, and I won every state. Okay? I won Michigan. I won Wisconsin. I won places that they didn’t even think were pollable. They didn’t even want to go.”
He slammed CNN for not harping on a swing state poll, saying, “Take a look at who they’re polling…If they poll anybody — because I don’t even think they go out and poll. I think they sit at a desk and say, ‘Give this number, give that number.’ That’s what happened last time. The polling was ridiculous other than two or three polls, which I do use, which I’m doing very, very well with.”
Even though 2016 polling has been repeatedly proven as accurate, Trump still insists that polls are either wrong or just invented to make him look like a loser.
At this point, Biden is leading Trump by eight points, up from his lead in March. Kilmeade pointed out that some recent polls even show Biden up to a double-digit lead. One poll from Monmouth University showed Biden up by 11 points.
What happened in the two month span from March until now? While Republicans have continued to support Trump, Democrats and Independents have INCREASED their support of Biden.
Trump doesn’t want to hear from the Monmouth or other polls that show how this race is changing. But the hits are real. The Monmouth poll that came out on Wednesday showed that Trump is NOT faring well with independents, particularly.
The negative opinion of independent voters towards Trump is just steadily going up. Nearly half of independents, forty three percent, say they disapprove of the way Trump has handled the coronavirus pandemic.
That’s an increase of 14 points since April. While four out of 10 say they have no confidence AT ALL in Trump’s handling of the pandemic, HALF of independents have no confidence in his handling race relations. These are bad signs for Trump.
Beyond that, his overall approval ratings aren’t good either. Recent incombent presidents with ratings near his did not win reelection.
Trump likes to believe that he has handled the presidency well, but the state of the country would suggest otherwise as we are in a political war, an economic crisis, a pandemic, and a society fraught with racial divisions.
Trump, however, says all these polls are fake. He says pollsters make up numbers and that polls are unfairly conducted.
He does accept SOME polls, though. He said he liked “two or three polls, which I do use, which I’m doing very, very well with.” So if the poll says what Trump wants to hear, it’s trustworthy and valid.
That is what it takes to gain his acceptance- saying what he wants to hear, not telling the facts of the situation.