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Trump Campaign Demands CNN Apologise For Poll That Shows Him Losing To Biden

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Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is demanding that CNN apologise for a poll that shows Joe Biden with a 14-point lead over the president.

The campaign also wants the news network to retract the poll, supposedly because it’s biased (but really because it points out the serious challenges Trump faces in his quest for a second term).

The campaign whined about the negative poll stated its position in a cease-and-desist letter to CNN President Jeff Zucker. It argued that the CNN poll is “designed to mislead American voters through a biased questionnaire and skewed sampling.”

The letter — signed by the Trump campaign’s senior legal adviser, Jenna Ellis, and chief operating officer Michael Glassner — called CNN’s poll “phony” and “a stunt” meant 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.”

Trump’s campaign minions also requested that CNN publish a “full, fair, and conspicuous retraction, apology, and clarification to correct its misleading conclusions.”

CNN’s response? 

“We stand by our poll,” Matt Dornic, a network spokesman, said.

The Trump campaign’s letter griped that the CNN poll surveyed only 1,259 people — only 25% of whom were Republican — and that it was taken before last Friday’s better-than-expected jobs report.

CNN said political pollsters typically sample registered voters rather than likely ones at this stage of the race because it’s difficult to project who’s actually going to vote in an election five months from now.

Deadline.com reported that Biden also beats Trump in other polls by an average of 8.1 points.

This isn’t the first time, the Trump campaign has threatened the media for accurately covering the president.

In March, the campaign sent cease-and-desist letters to TV stations that were airing an ad criticising how Trump handled the coronavirus crisis.

The complete CNN letter can be seen in this tweet.

Here’s the Trump campaign cease and desist letter to CNN. pic.twitter.com/NhmqbV1YWF

— Ted Johnson (@tedstew) June 10, 2020

CNN lawyers responded with their own tweet.

Official response from CNN General Counsel to @TeamTrump‘s letter demanding CNN apologize for a poll that shows @JoeBiden leading. pic.twitter.com/pQaGPxsA0y

— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) June 10, 2020

Twitter users offered up their trademark mockery.

Trump campaign demands to see CNN’s manager. https://t.co/cHTDYu6Fq4

— Seth Masket (@smotus) June 10, 2020

trump: i am very strong and powerful and i dominate
also trump: cnn must apologize for the poll showing me losing to biden by a lot

— Oliver Willis (@owillis) June 10, 2020

Every time I see a “retraction” demand like that, I think of Trump walking out on a 1990 CNN interview because “Your demeanor was inaccurate,” which is just the essence of Trump https://t.co/oFGJB4GHVG

— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) June 10, 2020

Trump campaign complaining about CNN poll only draws more attention to it. It shows:
1) Biden ahead of Trump 55%-41% (registered voters)
2) Trump approval at 38% (worst since Jan. 2019)
3) about where Carter & Bush HW were at same point in ’80 & ’92. Both lost. (survey by SSRS)

— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) June 10, 2020

Trump had his lawyers send a letter to CNN demanding they apologize for showing a very real poll with Biden leading. This is what dictators do. Weak, desperate and pathetic dictators.

— Scott Dworkin (@funder) June 10, 2020

I’m no pollster but this strikes me as a pathetic ask from the trump campaign https://t.co/TDc00NPmOQ

— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@MollyJongFast) June 10, 2020

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Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is demanding that CNN apologise for a poll that shows Joe Biden with a 14-point lead over the president.

The campaign also wants the news network to retract the poll, supposedly because it’s biased (but really because it points out the serious challenges Trump faces in his quest for a second term).

The campaign whined about the negative poll stated its position in a cease-and-desist letter to CNN President Jeff Zucker. It argued that the CNN poll is “designed to mislead American voters through a biased questionnaire and skewed sampling.”

The letter — signed by the Trump campaign’s senior legal adviser, Jenna Ellis, and chief operating officer Michael Glassner — called CNN’s poll “phony” and “a stunt” meant 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.”

Trump’s campaign minions also requested that CNN publish a “full, fair, and conspicuous retraction, apology, and clarification to correct its misleading conclusions.”

CNN’s response? 

“We stand by our poll,” Matt Dornic, a network spokesman, said.

The Trump campaign’s letter griped that the CNN poll surveyed only 1,259 people — only 25% of whom were Republican — and that it was taken before last Friday’s better-than-expected jobs report.

CNN said political pollsters typically sample registered voters rather than likely ones at this stage of the race because it’s difficult to project who’s actually going to vote in an election five months from now.

Deadline.com reported that Biden also beats Trump in other polls by an average of 8.1 points.

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This isn’t the first time, the Trump campaign has threatened the media for accurately covering the president.

In March, the campaign sent cease-and-desist letters to TV stations that were airing an ad criticising how Trump handled the coronavirus crisis.

The complete CNN letter can be seen in this tweet.

CNN lawyers responded with their own tweet.

Twitter users offered up their trademark mockery.

Also on HuffPost

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/trump-campaign-demands-cnn-apologise-for-poll-that-shows-him-losing-to-biden_au_5ee1562fc5b6d583518ed1ab

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