Trump lashes out over reports internal polling shows him trailing Biden


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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump judicial nominee withdraws amid Republican opposition: report Trump judicial nominee withdraws amid Republican opposition: report Cummings offers to delay contempt vote for Wednesday deadline on subpoenaed census docs MORE on Wednesday blasted “fake news” and “fake polling” following reports that internal polling showed him trailing former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden reveals he and Obama celebrated granddaughter’s graduation Biden reveals he and Obama celebrated granddaughter’s graduation Pavlich: Debunking common smear against pro-life movement MORE in a hypothetical 2020 matchup.

The president claimed “Fake Polling” showed him behind his potential opponents, but insisted that was not the case. A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday afternoon showed Trump trailing six prospective Democratic presidential candidates nationally by healthy margins.

“The Fake News has never been more dishonest than it is today. Thank goodness we can fight back on Social Media. There new weapon of choice is Fake Polling, sometimes referred to as Suppression Polls (they suppress the numbers),” Trump tweeted.

“The Fake (Corrupt) News Media said they had a leak into polling done by my campaign which, by the way and despite the phony and never ending Witch Hunt, are the best numbers WE have ever had,” he added. “They reported Fake numbers that they made up & don’t even exist. WE WILL WIN AGAIN!” 

The president offered a similar criticism on Tuesday when asked about a New York Times report that he instructed his aides to deny internal polling that shows him trailing Biden in key states.

“My poll numbers are great,” he said, describing surveys that have him performing poorly in toss-up states as “fake polls.”

Trump often refers to polls during the 2016 campaign that showed him trailing Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden, Trump trade blows while crisscrossing Iowa Biden, Trump trade blows while crisscrossing Iowa Tulsi Gabbard has a future in politics — but not at the White House MORE when speaking to supporters at rallies in 2019.

The president on Tuesday morning touted that his official kickoff rally next week in Orlando, Fla., for his 2020 re-election bid had already received tens of thousands of ticket requests beyond the venue’s capacity.



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