Over the last month, a number of polls that are devastating to the GOP. These polls have reportedly enraged Donald Trump to the point that he has threatened to sue his campaign manager, Brad Parscale.
The members of the President’s administration have attempted to calm him down by calling into question the methodology of the polls. Or campaign aides point out that most 2016 polls had Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote (which she did). On Thursday, Trump Senior Adviser Jason Miller tweeted out a survey published right before the election that had Hillary Clinton up 17 points. The problem was, that the poll only concerned New York State.
On Thursday morning, Miller shared the 2016 Siena News poll. He wrote, “Clinton Carries 17-Point Lead Over Trump Into Final Days – Siena College Research Institute”
Clinton Carries 17-Point Lead Over Trump Into Final Days – Siena College Research Institute https://t.co/JvWFSnYYCJ
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) June 25, 2020
Miller was immediately called out for his attempt to mislead his followers. 538’s Geoffrey Skelley replied, “If you’re gonna try to burn a pollster for an old poll because you’re mad about a national survey and accompanying battleground state polls showing your preferred candidate trailing, don’t link to a poll of New York state.”
Another user pointed out that the Siena Poll wasn’t accurate as Clinton won New York State by an even larger margin than the survey predicted. Travis Gaither tweeted, “Especially when she won NYS by 22 points.”
Despite taking a beating online for the misinformation, Miller has yet to delete the post. The tweet is experiencing the dreaded Twitter ratio with 247 comments and only 87 likes.
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