It’s no secret that Fox News is President Donald Trump’s favorite cable news network, especially since the coverage (primarily the opinionated programs) frequently praise him and his administration’s work on a near-daily basis.
But recent reporting from the network landed them in hot water with the president — or, at least, resulted in a remark on Twitter from Trump lambasting the channel as “fake news.”
After Fox News host Bret Baier reported on the network’s own political polling for Trump and where he stands right now in the 2020 presidential election, it was evident from the president’s social media post that he was not happy.
.@FoxNews Polls are always bad for me. They were against Crooked Hillary also. Something weird going on at Fox. Our polls show us leading in all 17 Swing States. For the record, I didn’t spend 30 hours with @abcnews, but rather a tiny fraction of that. More Fake News @BretBaier
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 17, 2019
“.@FoxNews Polls are always bad for me. They were against Crooked Hillary also. Something weird going on at Fox,” Trump tweeted.
The Fox nationwide poll showed that Trump was behind Democratic candidates Joe Biden by 10 points, Bernie Sanders by 9 points, and Elizabeth Warren by 3 points. Other Democrats were leading Trump as well, but within the margin of error for the poll.
He also claimed his own internal polling shows him “leading in all 17 Swing States,” a dubious assertion to make given the news of the past week.
It was recently reported that the Trump campaign’s internal polls from March also revealed the president was in trouble in 11 of those 17 swing states, including down by significant margins to Biden in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Florida. Trump only led Biden in Texas by 2 points, the polling found, per reporting from NBC News.
It’s not uncommon for Trump to dispute the validity of polls he doesn’t like. Following news of the polls being leaked this past week, Trump initially denied that they were real before his campaign admitted that they were.
In the 2018 midterms, Trump also claimed that polls he saw were pointing to Republicans retaining control of the House of Representatives, when the outcome actually saw Democrats take control, per reporting from Court House News.
Trump’s claims in his tweet of new internal polling showing him in a better position have not been validated by the President or his campaign with data that would prove him to be telling the truth. Trump fired the polling firm doing his internal polls days after the leak was reported.
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