Donald Trump has a penchant for retweeting fake, horrendously skewed polls to make himself feel better about himself, his administration, and his Republican constituents. But a survey he tweeted this Sunday is downright absurd.
In his tweet, Trump touted recent Republican gains in a generic congressional ballot. However, upon closer inspection, the poll showed that Democrats were ahead by 3 points. Completely ignoring this tidbit, Trump said that the GOP is “up in the Generic Congressional ballot,” adding that they are obtaining “big gains” over the past four weeks.
An Explanation of the McLaughlin’s Poll
His tweet is referring to a recent poll released by McLaughlin and Associates. This is a favorite polling research company that is often cited for their aggregated data. This particular poll showed Democrats with a 3 percent point lead over Republicans on the 2018 generic ballot for Congress. This trend hails back to January, with 45 percent of pollster preferring Democrats, compared to 42 percent who favored Republicans. The poll by McLaughlin and Associates is one of many that showed the Democratic Party winning over Republicans, with a Real Clear Politics poll noting that Democrats are ahead by 7 points.
Don’t Let The Polls Make You Lazy
Polling has their place, but it has the effect of making people feel complacent. There is a resurgence of Democrats and mostly left-leaning candidates vying for a spot in the November 2018 midterms. If the polls continuously show Democrats as winning, then some may think that they shouldn’t pressure themselves and their loved ones to vote and participate in the political process.
Despite polls, focus on having as many people casting their vote during the midterms. In the past year, Democrats have done feats that are worthy of praise, like taking hold of Alabama for the first time in 25 years.
Stay focused, and do not let polls make you feel too comfortable.
President Donald Trump came out attacking Oprah Winfrey in a late night Twitter tirade just hours after taking his motorcade to the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday night.
Trump stated just a few months ago: ‘People that don’t know me, they like to say I watch television—people with fake sources… But I don’t get to watch much television. Primarily because of documents. I’m reading documents. A lot.’
But, then he made this comment after watching the program 60 minutes.
Oprah did mention the possibility of considering a run but kind of side-stepped the question.
60 minutes: Do you think all this buzz about a presidential run will be hovering in their minds and affecting the way they see you as you go out and talk politics with voters?
Oprah: I haven’t thought about that question. I think if I was considering a run, it definitely would. And, if I was considering a run, I would take myself out of the role of a journalist. But, I don’t think so. It wasn’t of my doing.
She was referring to her Golden Globes speech and said it had nothing to do with the 2020 election.
Oprah: Are you kidding me? I was just trying to give a good speech. I was looking for a way to express what was going on in this moment in terms of gender, class, and race.
Oprah sat down with 14 Michigan voters last fall, seven of whom voted for Donald Trump. She sat down with the voters again to get their thoughts on Trump’s first year in office.
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) February 19, 2018
President Trump must not believe her when she says she isn’t running. Who knows, maybe she is. But, his comments Sunday night just showed that he’s already considering her a threat to his re-election campaign in 2020.