President Trump on Monday dismissed a new poll from Fox News that showed him losing to multiple 2020 Democratic presidential candidates, saying “something weird” is happening at the network favored by conservatives.
.@FoxNews Polls are always bad for me. They were against Crooked Hillary also. Something weird going on at Fox. Our polls show us leading in all 17 Swing States. For the record, I didn’t spend 30 hours with @abcnews, but rather a tiny fraction of that. More Fake News @BretBaier
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 17, 2019
Fox News on Sunday released a poll that showed Trump trailing five Democratic presidential contenders in hypothetical 2020 match-ups. The survey showed former Vice President Joe Biden leading Trump by 10 points.
It also showed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) carrying a 9-point lead in a hypothetical head-to-head match-up. Three other Democratic candidates — Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg — also polled ahead of Trump, albeit within the survey’s margin of error.
A Quinnipiac University survey released last week also showed Trump trailing a number of Democratic contenders, including Biden by 13 points.
Trump has repeatedly downplayed recent polling of his 2020 election prospects in the last week. The president tweeted earlier Monday that “only fake polls” showed him behind 2020 Democrats, referring to them as a “Motley Crew.”
“We are looking really good, but it is far too early to be focused on that,” he said. “Much work to do! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”
The new comments from Trump came just a day after news surfaced that his campaign had cut ties with some of its pollsters following a leak of internal surveys that showed Trump trailing Biden in multiple key states.
Trump is known to have a cordial relationship with many Fox News personalities and has appeared on the network more than any other. But he has increasingly criticized it over its campaign coverage, particularly when it chooses to cover 2020 Democrats.
He said in May that Fox News host Chris Wallace was “wasting airtime” by hosting a town hall with Buttigieg.
“Fox is moving more and more to the losing (wrong) side in covering the Dems,” he said, adding, “They forgot the people who got them there.”
From The Hill