After a CNN/ORC poll was released Monday showing Donald Trump trailing Hillary Clinton by 9 points, the GOP nominee responded by assailing the polls for being “phony.”
“I see some great polls — One from the Los Angeles Times that just came out showing me ahead by four or five points. I see one from CNN where we’re down. I think these polls– I don’t know, there’s something these polls, where there’s something phony,” Trump said Tuesday at a rally in Virginia.
The Los Angeles Times poll Trump invoked is, in fact, the only one of the most recent eight national polls that shows him leading. Seven other polls show him trailing Clinton by between 1 and 9 points.
He then accused CNN of being “so negative all day long,” averring that he did not watch the network, and asserting that their ratings were going down because Trump no longer did interviews there. In fact, CNN enjoyed a surge in viewership during the DNC last week, beating out all the other cable news networks.
This is a familiar feint from the real estate mogul. In June, when confronted with polls that showed Clinton taking the lead, he similarly smeared the polls as “phony.”
Sam Reisman (@thericeman) is a staff editor at Mediaite.
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