President Donald Trump was ridiculed on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" with Nicolle Wallace for being found by voters to be less credible than his former fixer, Michael Cohen, who is a convicted liar.
"Quinnipiac out with new numbers that our poll-obsessed president may not like. Sixty-four percent of Americans believe the president committed crimes before taking office. Forty-five percent of Americans think he committed crimes while in office -- as our president," Wallace reported.
[caption id="attachment_1459573" align="aligncenter" width="640"] 'Deadline: White House' graphic of voters' opinions on whether President Donald Trump has committed crimes.[/caption]
"And get this, when you hold Trump's words up against the testimony of his former fixer, Michael Cohen -- who has been convicted of lying to Congress and is going to jail -- 50 percent of Americans believe Michael Cohen -- and only 35 percent of them believe Trump," the host continued.
[caption id="attachment_1459575" align="aligncenter" width="640"] 'Deadline: White House' graphic comparing the relative credibility of Michael Cohen and President Donald Trump.[/caption]
Daniel Dale, the Washington correspondent for the Toronto Star, pointed out the poll isn't a departure from previous public opinion surveys on Trump.
"The polls have consistently [shown] -- since Trump's candidacy -- that Americans simply don't believe him," he reminded. "It's almost always in the 30s for people who think he's trustworthy or honest and in the 60s for people who don't."
Wallace was still surprised about the new numbers on the relative credibility between Trump and Cohen.
"Trump is old news. As you said, a lot of people in his base think he's a liar," Wallace noted. "Cohen is a new figure and people believe him more than they believe the president. For someone on his way to prison, that's remarkable."
"Trump is lying in trying to make Cohen seem like a liar in his testimony," Dale noted.
"His two responses to the testimony, are one, take a look at Cohen's book manuscript, that proves us all wrong," he explained. "There is no book manuscript -- we've heard from his conservative publishing company, he never wrote a manuscript."
"His other response, Cohen lied about a lot of stuff but he said there was no collusion. Cohen didn't say there was no collusion, he said he didn't have direct proof, but he suspected it," he continued.
"So Trump's own responses while trying to discredit this guy have instead discredited him," Dale concluded.