President Donald Trump’s campaign has demanded that CNN retract a poll that shows him trailing Democratic nominee Joe Biden by 14 points, according to the HillThe request was quickly rejected by CNN spokesperson Matt Dornic who said that “we stand by our poll.”The CNN poll also released that the President’s approval rating stands at 38 percent, which is on par with the approval rating for one-term presidents Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush.
To refute CNN’s poll, Trump and his campaign hired a pollster McLaughlin & Associates, rated as one of the worst pollsters by FiveThirtyEight, to look into the CNN poll. It must be noted that many quality polls show Biden leading by double-digits too. CNN’s poll is not an outlier.
Nonetheless, the Trump campaign released the following statement in the letter sent to CNN:
“It’s a stunt and a phony poll to cause voter suppression, stifle momentum and enthusiasm for the President, and present a false view generally of the actual support across America for the President.”
Even though Trump has spouted on national television that he essentially needs voter suppression to win, his campaign makes a blasphemous claim that CNN is trying to suppress voters. But that isn’t the case. Trump is trying to break down American democracy and mislead the American people by delegitimizing anything that hurts his reelection chances.
From the CNN website: “To the extent we have received legal threats from political leaders in the past, they have typically come from countries like Venezuela or other regimes where there is little or no respect for a free and independent media.” You may read a full copy of the CNN response here:
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) June 10, 2020
*Ryan Lipton is a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Business Journalism. He has written in the past for SB Nation’s Silver and Black Pride, USA Today Sports Media Group, North Carolina Business News Wire, the Daily Tar Heel, and has worked with Ice Cube’s BIG3 basketball league. Ryan writes regularly for meidastouch.com
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