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‘He has to rig whatever game he’s playing’: Trump biographer explains why poll scam is classic Donald

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Michael D'Antonio

On Friday, it was reported that President Donald Trump’s former fixer, Michael Cohen, paid an IT guy to rig polls in favor of Trump.

CNN host Don Lemon had author Michael D’Antonio and Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Rothfeld, who broke the story, on to discuss the development.

“During the campaign, you heard [Trump] complaining all the time, ‘The polls are rigged, the polls are rigged,'” Lemon said. “Now we find out Cohen was trying to rig the polls in his favor. Yes, they are rigged… I’ve been told on good authority the reason he did it is because they wanted [Trump] to show up in the polls just enough for us suckers in the media to talk about him, to get his name out there.”

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D’Antonio, the author of “The Truth About Trump,” was not surprised by the revelation.

“Donald Trump believes either you’re a sucker or you’re taking advantage of the suckers,” he said. “So we were the suckers. They took advantage of us. But there’s also I think something consistent with Donald Trump’s entire life going on here. This is a man who thinks that he cannot win a straight-up competition. He has to somehow rig whatever game he’s playing.”

D’Antonio also said that Trump telegraphs his bad acts by accusing others of the same thing.

“Whatever [Trump] accuses others of doing is the thing that he’s doing himself. Right? So who imagines that the polls are rigged? The guy who’s rigging the polls.”

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Former CIA operative explains why there’s ‘probably’ a recording of Trump’s call to Ukraine

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Former CIA operative Robert Baer warned during a CNN interview that President Donald Trump is going to do whatever he can to hide the transcript of his call with Ukraine from ever being released. He even went so far as to speculate that there's likely a recording of the call.

In a panel discussion Sunday, MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin asked if there was a tape of the call.

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Mnuchin first dismissed reporting by the Washington Post and the conservative Wall Street Journal that Donald Trump was withholding Ukraine funding in an effort to get dirt on Biden and his son -- saying neither newspaper could be trusted -- he then complained to the CNN host about having to spend seven and a half minutes talking about Trump's Ukraine scandal.

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