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BUSTED: The ugly internal 2020 polls Trump said didn’t exist just got leaked

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President Donald Trump this week dismissed reports that his own campaign’s internal polling had him losing badly to former Vice President Joe Biden — and he even accused reporters of fabricating polls to make him look bad.

However, ABC News has obtained a copy of the campaign’s polling that does in fact show him losing to Biden in key swing states.

All told, the campaign’s polls had Trump losing to Biden in Pennsylvania by 16 points, while also losing Wisconsin and Florida by ten points and seven points, respectively.

Even more ominously, the poll put Biden within striking distance in Texas, where the president maintained just a two-point lead in a hypothetical match up with the former vice president.

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale confirmed that the polls were real — but he dismissed them as old news and claimed they were conducted three months ago.

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“These leaked numbers are ancient, in campaign terms, from months-old polling that began in March before two major events had occurred: the release of the summary of the Mueller report exonerating the President, and the beginning of the Democrat candidates defining themselves with their far-left policy message,” Parscale claimed.

He also claimed that he had since seen a large swing in the president’s favor — despite the fact that Trump’s approval ratings are roughly where they were before the release of the Mueller report.

Read more about the internal polling here.

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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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