Trump is busy trying to explain how he supposedly wasn’t briefed on a Russian bounty program targeting U.S. troops, his pandemic response gets consistently low marks despite all his attempts to claim credit (for … something), he’s still trying to take people’s health care, and on Sunday he effusively tweeted a video of a supporter yelling “white power,” all while he tanks in public polling. “You can’t win with these numbers. They’re atrocious numbers,” admitted the co-chair of a pro-Trump super PAC.
Trump and his top advisers, though, insist the polling isn’t that bad. “Sorry to inform the Do Nothing Democrats, but I am getting VERY GOOD internal Polling Numbers,” Trump tweeted Monday. “Just like 2016, the @nytimes Polls are Fake! The @FoxNews Polls are a JOKE!” (While 2016 remains a cautionary tale, the 2020 polling is far, far clearer than the 2016 polling that Trump is in trouble.) Notably, none of these supposedly “VERY GOOD” internal polls have leaked. And plenty of Republicans are telling reporters stories consistent with the public polling.
”If the election was today, we are in big trouble,” an unnamed “person close to Trump” told The Washington Post. That’s what the public data says, it’s what the behavior of the Trump campaign says, it’s what Republicans say when they’re granted anonymity and even sometimes when they’re not. Once again, it comes down to the preponderance of the evidence vs. the claims of known liar Trump. Once again, it’s not a hard call what to believe.