President Donald Trump dismissed polls showing him losing to various Democratic candidates as "fake" -- and he was met with ridicule.
New polling by Quinnipiac University shows Trump losing head-to-head matchups with six Democratic hopefuls, just days after a New York Times report found Trump had instructed aides to lie about his poor performance in internal polls.
Trump took those efforts to mislead to a new level by writing off those polls as a media conspiracy to undermine his re-election campaign.
"The Fake News has never been more dishonest than it is today," Trump tweeted. "Thank goodness we can fight back on Social Media. Their new weapon of choice is Fake Polling, sometimes referred to as Suppression Polls (they suppress the numbers). Had it in 2016, but this is worse."
"The Fake (Corrupt) News Media said they had a leak into polling done by my campaign which, by the way and despite the phony and never ending Witch Hunt, are the best numbers WE have ever had," he added. "They reported Fake numbers that they made up & don’t even exist. WE WILL WIN AGAIN!"
.....The Fake (Corrupt) News Media said they had a leak into polling done by my campaign which, by the way and desp… https://t.co/nv9Ni9aNxf— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1560343603.0
Other Twitter users weren't persuaded.
@realDonaldTrump You suck grandpa— ethereal tinkling (@ethereal tinkling) 1560344618.0
@realDonaldTrump Fake News... Like your approval rating tweet? 50%??? What a joke. You continue to embarrass yourself on the daily.— Angela Belcamino (@Angela Belcamino) 1560345604.0
@realDonaldTrump Fake polling? You mean like Rasmussen, that dubious poll that you keep bragging about, despite th… https://t.co/yUvQ9gaHoX— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!) 1560344706.0
@realDonaldTrump Boohoo mr toddler doesn’t like the polls and wants more Russian help. https://t.co/fETop6FCm1— 🇺🇸David P. Smith #EqualityAct 🏳️🌈 (@🇺🇸David P. Smith #EqualityAct 🏳️🌈) 1560344433.0
@realDonaldTrump Not sounding much like a stable genius today boss.— Russell Firth (@Russell Firth) 1560343722.0
@realDonaldTrump Well a fake president needs fake news— Irishrygirl (@Irishrygirl) 1560345155.0
@realDonaldTrump You still haven't figured out the difference between "their" and "there" yet you hold The codes.— Bison Stew (@Bison Stew) 1560345517.0
@realDonaldTrump The scary reality of this is.. no matter how big he loses in 2020, he’s going to refuse to give up position.— Meggie (@Meggie) 1560345273.0
@realDonaldTrump Please stop whining. It's so embarrassing that our President, the most privileged and powerful man… https://t.co/wR067AFnpg— David Gorski, MD, PhD (@David Gorski, MD, PhD) 1560344186.0
@realDonaldTrump Funny how you go off about something like this after your supposed "50% approval" tweet yesterday.— Fröhliche (@Fröhliche) 1560345230.0
@realDonaldTrump Fake Polling…. You mean like this? https://t.co/D3awYbLE5R https://t.co/N3hrJDU9E3— Ryan Hill (@Ryan Hill) 1560343649.0