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Trump Campaign Derides 'Fake' Fox News Poll That Shows Biden Ahead

Trump campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley on Friday called polling from Fox News showing Donald Trump behind Joe Biden "fake," prompting a quick rebuke from Fox host Brian Kilmeade.

Gidley alleged that Fox's pollsters "oversample Democrats," echoing allegations made by Trump, his administration, and his reelection campaign.

"I know the people who do the polls. They don't do a fake, they do a really good job," replied Kilmeade.The exchange was unusual, as the conservative Fox News continues to be one of Trump's most stalwart allies.

Recent polling by Fox has shown Joe Biden with an 8-point national lead over Trump among registered voters. Fox's polling also shows Biden ahead of Trump in key swing states such as Michigan, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. Fox's polls are in line with other national polls showing a consistent Biden lead.

From the July 24 edition of Fox & Friends:

HOGAN GIDLEY: You touched on some polls. Most of those are fake, I'll be honest, they oversample Democrats.

But let's also talk about another instance here. We've had more than 1.1 billion views across our social media platforms for Donald Trump. He's not even really on those social media platforms all that much. Joe Biden, however, comes out the other day for a Q-and-A, he promotes it, he's on camera, and he has 19 people watching it at one time. I think 17 of those were network news anchors and reporters just trying to figure out how to donate. The other two were staffers.

The fact is, the enthusiasm, the excitement is all on our side, and we know this. Our supporters will stand through rain, sleet, snow, hail, and crawl across broken glass to vote for Donald Trump. Joe Biden's supporters won't even click on a link to watch him do a Q-and-A. It's absolutely embarrassing. We have the momentum, we know we're going to do well in November.

BRIAN KILMEADE, Fox News: I just, I say, I know the people who do the polls. They don't do a fake, they do a really good job. They might not be accurate in the end, I don't know, but they do a great job —

GIDLEY: Well doesn't accuracy determine – I know the people are great, but doesn't the accuracy determine how great it is?

KILMEADE: I'm not saying they're Nostradamus, but I'm just saying their math, and they're professionals, so I just – don't call the Fox News pollsters fake.

GIDLEY: Of course. Well, the methodology's flawed, at the very least, how's that?


Enraged By Fox News Poll, Trump Urges Viewers To Change Channels

Donald Trump ended the July Fourth holiday weekend by rage-tweeting at Fox News after the outlet reported that public polling shows he would lose to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden if the election were held today.

"@FoxNews gladly puts up the phony suppression polls as soon as they come out. We are leading in the REAL polls because people are sick & tired of watching the Democrat run cities, in all cases, falling apart. Also, now 96% Approval Rating in the Republican Party. Another 2016!" Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon.

He added, "@FoxNews weekend afternoons is the worst! Getting into @CNN and MSDNC territory. Watch @OANN & @newsmax instead. Much better!"

Trump's tweet came just minutes after a guest on Fox News dismissed the Trump campaign's assertion that polls showing Trump losing are wrong, according to Media Matters for America's Matt Gertz, who tracks the relationship between Trump's tweets and what Fox News airs.

Public polling in recent weeks looks extremely grim for Trump, as the public increasingly turns away from his candidacy following his failure to contain the coronavirus as well as his response to protests calling for an end to police violence and systemic racism.

Fox News has not released a national public poll since late last month. That one showed Biden leading Trump by 12 points, with Trump garnering a dismal 38 percent of the vote.

After that poll was published, Trump attacked Fox News, tweeting that their poll was "done by the same group of haters that got it even more wrong in 2016."

Ultimately, Biden now leads Trump by 9.6 percent, according to a polling average from FiveThirtyEight.

Even worse for Trump is that the polling average shows Biden winning more than 51 percent of the vote, a clear majority.

According to CNN polling expert Harry Enten, "No one in an incumbent presidential election has been polling above 50 percent at this point like Biden and gone on to lose."

Trump and his campaign have said the polls are wrong and even went as far as to demand CNN retract a poll that showed Biden with a 14-point lead.

However, since that CNN poll was published, multiple other polls — including from pro-Trump outlets — have shown Biden with a double-digit lead, without any additional demands from the Trump campaign to take the polling down.

To combat the growing narrative that Trump is in a historically bad place with four months to go until Election Day, the campaign has been claiming, without any evidence, there are "silent" Trump supporters who will come out en masse and help Trump defeat Biden in November.

The campaign pointed to signs of "enthusiasm" for Trump but released no internal polls showing that Trump is beating Biden.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.