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‘This is not what happened’: Fact checker decimates Trump’s lies about ‘fake’ polls

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President Donald Trump speaks to the media prior to departing on Marine One from the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, May 14, 2019. (AFP / SAUL LOEB)

President Donald Trump appears to be concerned about his poll numbers. While that’s nothing new – his approval numbers are definitely the worst in U.S. history, having never broken 50%. His numbers are also on the decline, dropping six points in two months.

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So he’s doing what he always does: lies.

Here’s Trump lying just yesterday about his approval rating – among Republicans:

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And now, in a Tuesday Twitter meltdown Trump falsely claimed that in 2016 an “ABC/Washington Post Poll was the worst and most inaccurate poll of any taken prior to the 2016 Election. When my lawyers protested, they took a 12 point down and brought it to almost even by Election Day. It was a Fake Poll by two very bad and dangerous media outlets. Sad!”

CNN’s Daniel Dale, who for years has been fact checking every word President Trump says, declares once again Trump isn’t telling the truth.

“This is not what happened,” Dale tweets.

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Apparently, Trump’s attorneys did not “protest,” and Trump even named the wrong poll.

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The president went on to claim his own polling numbers are great.

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That seems dramatically unlikely.

Here’s a screenshot from FiveThirtyEight, showing their analysis of Trump approval/disapproval polling data:


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Trump abruptly pulls ads out of Florida as his campaign funds dwindle: report

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President Trump's campaign has withdrawn advertising from the state of Florida, shifting its dwindling funds to the "industrial northern states" that carried him to victory in 2016, Bloomberg reports.

In the final week of the campaign, Trump is focusing all his energy on the battleground states of Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania -- where polls show he's behind Joe Biden with the exception of Ohio.

"Since the beginning of the fall campaign on Labor Day, Trump has cut $24 million from his national ad budget, while former Vice President Joe Biden has added $197 million," Bloomberg reports. "Biden has outspent Trump three-to-one over that time."

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West Virginia voter said she expected Trump to help with coal miner jobs — but he’s done nothing

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There were 100 million eligible voters in 2016 who didn't vote then, and they are the largest bloc of voters who could shift the election if they got to the polls

The top county with the most non-voters is McDowell County, West Virginia. The state is also the lowest-voting state in the country. Interviewing some of the residents there, NBC News' Morgan Radford said that President Donald Trump won the county with about 4,000 votes to Hillary Clinton's over 1,000 votes. There were 11,000 people who didn't vote at all.

As they head to the polls this year, they're still just as discouraged as they were before.

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