The Wall Street Journal reported an admission from former “fixer” Michael Cohen Thursday. According to Cohen, a bag of cash was delivered to a group that worked to rig online polls in favor of President Donald Trump. It was enough to drive the far-right Drudge Report into a fury.
Linking to the article, Drudge asked if Trump rigged their online polls.
After the 2016 debate with other Republican primary contenders, Drudge held an online poll for their readers that showed Trump won by 64 percent. Ted Cruz only scored 18 percent and Marco Rubio got 13 percent.
“Trump has won the Drudge Report’s post debate [sic] poll numerous times since the first GOP primary debate last August,” the right-wing site Breitbart.com wrote Feb. 2016.
Trump even bragged about winning so many online polls on Twitter after his Sept. 2016 debate with Hillary Clinton.
Every on-line poll, Time Magazine, Drudge etc., has me winning the debate. Thank you to Fox & Friends for so reporting!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 28, 2016ADVERTISEMENT
Non-online polls, like the one done by Public Policy Polling, showed a stark contrast. According to those, Clinton won the debate 51 percent to Trump’s 40 percent. In another poll by CNN/ORC, Clinton won to the tune of 62 percent to Trump’s 27 percent.