President Donald Trump remains far behind Democratic nominee Joe Biden in national polls, along with numerous swing state polls.
According to some of these, Biden even holds a narrow lead in solid red Texas.
Trump's 2020 Campaign press secretary Hogan Gidley attempted to discredit these polls on Fox Business Network, but anchor Dagen McDowell was quick to challenge him.
Fox Business host shouts down Trump spokesman for calling network's polls 'junk' www.youtube.com
McDowell cited a new Fox News poll that shows the President trailing Biden by 17 points when it comes to handling of the virus.
"Well first, of all, a lot of those polls are junk. We can argue about methodology and science—"
McDowell was having none of it:
"That's a cop-out. That's a cop-out. You can argue that they don't indicate how the election turns out, that's fine, but that's just a cop-out, Hogan."
"They are skewed to the left, but if we're talking about [the virus], that's the beauty of this election. So many times, we're talking in the abstract, what would it look like if somebody were president? You don't have to guess what it would like for pandemic response under Joe Biden. He was in the office of the White House for eight years. And when H1N1 — swine flu — hit this country, all he did was shut down testing."
According to CDC data, H1N1 killed 12,469 Americans over the course of one year. Over the course of six months, under Trump's leadership, the current virus has killed over 150 thousand Americans. That death toll continues to rise.
This isn't even the first time Gidley's been reprimanded on Fox for his attempts to discredit polls that aren't in Trump's favor.
The press secretary claimed polling was "fake" just last week, and Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade raked him over the coals.
On Fox & Friends, Trump campaign press secretary Hogan Gidley calls Fox News polling "fake," and Brian Kilmeade tells him "don't call the Fox News pollsters fake." pic.twitter.com/kV6xS1keEK
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) July 24, 2020
"I know the people that do the polls. They don't do it fake, they do a really good job. They might not be accurate in the end, I don't know, but...they're math and they're professional, so don't call the Fox News pollsters fake."
The Trump campaign routinely dismisses polls, and in one case, Trump himself even demanded an apology from CNN's polling team for what he said was a deliberately fake poll.
People agreed with McDowell that dismissing polls collectively as "junk" was, indeed, a cop-out.
Great for her! 👏
— Steve Thomas (@e232engineer) July 29, 2020
If the same polls tighten up, suddenly they won't be junk. Just watch.
— DemoDisping (@demodisping) July 29, 2020
he reacted like he had been slapped at the end there
i liked that
— Duke 'Moose Paralegal' Zero (@B_Sputnik) July 29, 2020
Always a treat to see Chatsworth Osborne Jr. get owned.
— MickMack (@MickMac61975410) July 30, 2020
When you get called out by Faux News for being too MAGA
— ᴀʀᴛ 🇺🇸 (@__Arthur_Dent__) July 29, 2020
A lot of those polls are junk... she started out by saying a new FOX NEWS POLL! They're eating themselves while patting themselves on the back. Truly mystifying.
— Nick (@taylornick14) July 29, 2020
The polls showing wide leads for Biden over Trump may not be junk, but they're not making democrats complacent.
People are worried that if we hear of all the polls in favor of Joe Biden, that we will not vote. I don't care if the polls are 99% to 1% in Biden's favor, I'M VOTING.
— CaptainTono (@Barkiologist) July 27, 2020
This isn't rocket science: if Dems show up at the polls, Biden will win in a landslide. Trump and the GOP's goal in the closing stretch is to suppress the vote. Like 2016 they will try to give you reasons not to show up/mail in your vote. Wait for it, & know it when you see it.
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) July 29, 2020
November 3 is American democracy's last stand. Ignore the polls and VOTE! https://t.co/9VZRZHycQo
— Minh Ngo (@minhtngo) July 27, 2020
As polls continue to worsen, Trump mused on Thursday the idea of delaying the election until it was "safe" to vote in person.