President Donald Trump was none too pleased on Friday when a new poll from his least favorite news outlet, CNN, found his approval rate to be only 38 percent. If that wasn't enough, Democratic nominee Joe Biden's national lead over Trump widened to 14 points.
In response to CNN's findings, Trump took to Twitter in an attempt to discredit the network.
CNN Polls are as Fake as their Reporting. Same numbers, and worse, against Crooked Hillary. The Dems would destroy America!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1591620515.0
Trump must have felt like his objections alone were insufficient, because he soon tweeted that he'd employed the polling firm McLaughlin & Associates to refute the results.
I have retained highly respected pollster, McLaughlin & Associates, to analyze todays CNN Poll (and others), which… https://t.co/GnTzXISDpc— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1591643685.0
...Crooked Hillary Clinton in 2016. They are called SUPPRESSION POLLS, and are put out to dampen enthusiasm. Despit… https://t.co/v5JnPAEx80— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1591643687.0
Trump accompanied the tweet with a statement from McLaughlin & Associates, which read in part:
"The latest skewed media polls must be intentional. It's clear that NBC, ABC, and CNN who have Democrat operatives like Chuck Todd, George Stephanopoulos and other Democrats in their news operations are consistently under-polling Republicans and therefore, reporting biased polls...The bias seems to be an intentional strategy to suppress your vote. The latest media spin is that it's too late to define Joe Biden and it's too late for President Trump to win. We can hardly wait until they start spinning a 'Biden electoral lock'. It has to be a strategy to counter the enthusiasm of Trump voters."
Similarly to Trump, the email—written by John McLaughlin—insisted that the polling was deliberately inaccurate in an effort to weaken the enthusiasm of Trump supporters.
Some people thought that Trump had even written it himself.
I've read enough memos from McLaughlin to know Donald Trump wrote it. cc: @jwgop @SteveSchmidtSES @stuartpstevens https://t.co/G8dQciNEhE— Rick Wilson (@Rick Wilson)1591644609.0
@realDonaldTrump That couldn’t be an organization that is supported or funded by Republicans at all could it. Laugh… https://t.co/GDFQeClTLn— ♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@♻️🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo)1591644043.0
This is bonkers. That needs to be said, this is bonkers. https://t.co/4b9YsQhTeV— Grant Costello (@Grant Costello)1591643981.0
The attempts to discredit the poll were falling flat as well.
Okay, so here's the deal. Public polls usually do not shift to "likely voters" until late in the summer/early fall.… https://t.co/63x0ZYGetI— Natalie Jackson (@Natalie Jackson)1591643996.0
Part 2: There are MORE DEMOCRATS IN THE GENERAL POPULATION THAN REPUBLICANS. This has been true for a very long tim… https://t.co/YPakuvuokO— Natalie Jackson (@Natalie Jackson)1591644092.0
Part 3: If you think questions about race relations might be skewing the responses, ask yourself what side of race… https://t.co/xVDkIrR30t— Natalie Jackson (@Natalie Jackson)1591644168.0
the CNN poll that Trump just attacked as bias actually has a B+ grading with no bias on FiveThirtyEight McLaughli… https://t.co/KwsObrUUdY— PoliticsVideoChannel (@PoliticsVideoChannel)1591646026.0
How long til November?