'This is not what happened': Fact checker decimates Trump lies after he melts down about 'fake' polls
President Donald Trump appears to be concerned about his poll numbers. While that’s nothing new – his approval numbers are definitely the worst in U.S. history, having never broken 50%. His numbers are also on the decline, dropping six points in two months.
BREAKING: 38% of Americans approve of Pres. Trump, down from a career-high 44% in July, new @ABC News/Washington Po… https://t.co/5EvEfNOpl9— ABC News Politics (@ABC News Politics) 1568110094
So he’s doing what he always does: lies.
Here’s Trump lying just yesterday about his approval rating – among Republicans:
Trump completely makes stuff up, says "we just got right, ah, a little while ago, 94 percent popularity or approval… https://t.co/JGwsGFttD3— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1568056975
And now, in a Tuesday Twitter meltdown Trump falsely claimed that in 2016 an “ABC/Washington Post Poll was the worst and most inaccurate poll of any taken prior to the 2016 Election. When my lawyers protested, they took a 12 point down and brought it to almost even by Election Day. It was a Fake Poll by two very bad and dangerous media outlets. Sad!”
CNN’s Daniel Dale, who for years has been fact checking every word President Trump says, declares once again Trump isn’t telling the truth.
“This is not what happened,” Dale tweets.
Apparently, Trump’s attorneys did not “protest,” and Trump even named the wrong poll.
This is not what happened. - WaPo and ABC told me in June they do not recall a legal complaint (?) over their poll… https://t.co/JuUTT3PMTC— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1568126084
The president went on to claim his own polling numbers are great.
One of the greatest and most powerful weapons used by the Fake and Corrupt News Media is the phony Polling Informat… https://t.co/RWGDwmZFgE— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1568125906
That seems dramatically unlikely.
Here’s a screenshot from FiveThirtyEight, showing their analysis of Trump approval/disapproval polling data: