Critics slam Trump after his campaign demands CNN apologize for poll showing him getting clobbered by Biden

Critics slam Trump after his campaign demands CNN apologize for poll showing him getting clobbered by Biden
By Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America - Donald Trump, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link

President Donald Trump is by no means the first politician to question the accuracy of a poll he didn’t like, but on Wednesday, his reelection campaign went a step further by demanding that CNN apologize for a poll that found him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden (the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee) by 14%. And on Twitter, Trump is being mocked unmercifully for it.

The poll, conducted by SSRS and released earlier this week, found that Trump enjoys 38% approval and 57% disapproval. Trump’s campaign responded by sending an angry letter to CNN President Jeff Zucker, claiming that the poll was “designed to mislead American voters through a biased questionnaire and skewed sampling.” But a CNN spokesman, Matt Dornic, flat-out refused to give Trump either a retraction or an apology and firmly stated, “We stand by our poll.”

It didn’t take Twitter users long to comment on how silly the Trump campaign’s letter to Zucker was. Adam Serwer, a staff writer for The Atlantic, sarcastically posted, “Wow this left wing political correctness is getting out of you know what I’m tired.

@ADAMWTF1 tweeted, “I want an apology for 112,000 dead Americans” — an obvious reference to the Americans who have died during the coronavirus pandemic. And @ModerateWill posted, “I want an apology for Trump calling black NFL players ‘sons of bitches.’”

Twitter user Cory Richardson, @vexedinthecity, described Trump’s reaction as an example of kill-the-messenger syndrome, posting, “The image that pops in my head is that of my (then) 6 year-old daughter getting mad at the weather because it wasn’t going to be ‘warm’ on the day we were supposed to go to the park. I had to tell her, ‘You can’t get mad at what just is.’ Trump is my crying daughter.”

Similarly, @KristyV13 described Trump as a “man baby not wanting the truth reported,” adding, “This has been his mo for decades.”

@UnimpressedTX wrote, “Funny. I was about to demand Trump apologize for smearing Martin Gugino” — a reference to the 75-year-old activist who was hospitalized after being shoved to the ground by police during a George Floyd protest in Buffalo. On Twitter, Trump defended that attack on Gugino by making the baseless claim that he “could be an Antifa provocateur.”

@Tony15202 tweeted, “Good to see he has nothing else to worry about in the bunker,” while @CASporleder posted that it was “time to buy the ‘f*** your feelings’ t-shirts.” And @ThosChamberlain wrote, “Yet another time the 25th amendment really should be used. I mean, really used.”

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