Washington Post reporter Phil Rucker couldn’t help but note that the launch of President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign is being drowned out by a flood of bad news.
During an interview aired at “20/20” Sunday, Trump told host George Stephanopoulos that the polls don’t exist that show him “down.” But MSNBC’s White House correspondent noted that the poll numbers clearly had an impact on the president because the places he’s traveled in the last month match the same places where he’s losing to Democrats.
“Well, he should be concerned where he stands,” said Rucker. “These are not good numbers for him, by any measure. We should keep in mind we have very little visibility into the full extent of this poll.”
“Now, this has been an ongoing story for several days,” he continued. “It really overshadows the launch, the official kickoff of the president’s re-election campaign. He wants to show strength in Orlando. He has been touting the big crowd that will be there. But yet, these headlines are so damaging. During that interview with George Stephanopoulos, he is denying the polls exist. Even though it does exist. The data has been reported in the media and confirmed by the campaign.”
Rucker went on to say that in TrumpWorld, when polls are bad they’re false, but when they’re good, they’re accurate.
Watch the full discussion below:
Impeachment hearing explodes with applause as Jackie Speier highlights Trump’s daily lies
Texas Republican Rep. Mike Conaway on Thursday argued that it was not illegal for Republicans to "out" the White House whistleblower.
Conway cited a Washington Post "fact-check" that gave "Three Pinocchios" to the claim that the whistleblower has a statutory right to anonymity.
Following his time, Ambassador Gordon Sondland was questioned by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA).
During Speier's questioning, she was interrupted by Conaway, who brought up The Post giving "Three Pinocchios."
Adam Schiff buries one of the GOP’s remaining anti-impeachment talking points
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Wednesday took a hammer to one of the Republican Party's few remaining talking points aimed at undermining the House impeachment inquiry.
Throughout the testimony of European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland, Republicans kept saying that there couldn't be any kind of extortion scheme on President Donald Trump's part because Ukraine got its military aid without publicly announcing investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden.
Schiff, however, showed why this argument simply doesn't hold up.
"My colleagues seem to be under the impression that unless the president spoke the words, 'Ambassador Sondland, I am bribing the Ukrainian president,' that there's no evidence of bribery!" he said.
Chris Wallace fact-checks his own Fox News colleagues after their denials of Trump’s quid pro quo
As US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland gave his testimony in the House impeachment hearings this Wednesday, Fox News contributor Ken Starr acknowledged that Sondland's testimony all but guarantees that articles of impeachment will be drawn up against President Trump. He also posited that Trump "gave himself enough cover" regarding Sondland's September 9 conversation with Trump where he said the President allegedly said, "I want nothing, I want nothing, I want no quid pro quo."
"Well, I think that Ken Starr and [Fox News contributor] Andy McCarthy are very good lawyers," Wallace said. "And like any good lawyers they can parse this, phrase this any way they want, but as a reporter it seems to me that we have to go to what the headline is today, and the headline is that Gordon Sondland, one of the three amigos, perhaps the one who had the most direct contact with Donald Trump, says in his opening statement, 'Was there a quid pro quo with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting? The answer is yes.'"