CNN commentator and former Donald Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski got into it Tuesday night with a fellow talking head after he cited a single poll to try to prove that the GOP nominee is doing well with minority voters.
CNN commentator Peter Beinart took issue with Lewandowski attempting to make the case that there is a “hidden vote” for Trump in Pennsylvania, and that Trump is doing even better with minorities than former Republican presidential nominees.
Beinart pointed out that Lewandowski was only citing information from one poll, rather than an aggregate of polls, which would be more accurate.
“Ed Rendell said it just this week in Pennsylvania, he thinks there’s hidden vote for Donald Trump. This is the former governor, very well respected Democrat,” Lewandowski said. “He says there’s hidden vote for Donald Trump. If that is the case and what we see is the intensity very high right now, he’s bringing those Republicans home, he’s doing much better among the African-American community, than Mitt Romney did, or John McCain. He’s doing very well with Hispanics. The Remington Research poll—”
“The Remington Research?” Beinart asked.
‘That’s right,” Lewandowski said. “If you look at Real Clear Politics, it’s one of the polls that they look at—”
“You’re choosing one poll,” Beinart objected.
“Donald Trump in Colorado is getting 27 percent of the African-American vote and in Pennsylvania is is getting 19 percent of the vote,” Lewandowski said. “In Wisconsin he’s getting 22 percent of the African-American vote of those people polled, in a poll which Real Clear Politics uses for the poll of polls, that’s my research. Do you have any numbers? Do you have anything to prove me wrong?”
“It seems more logical to look at the aggregate of polls across, sorry, don’t interrupt me,” Beinart said. “Let’s look at this meth logically. You choose one poll. Wouldn’t it make sense to look at the aggregate number?”
Lewandowski and Trump surrogate Kayleigh McEnany pushed Beinart to provide a specific number that would prove Lewandowski wrong. When Beinart began to list articles showing otherwise, Lewandowski demanded that he name what reporters wrote them. As the two talked over each other, things got a little ugly.
“Listen Corey, don’t give me this nonsense,” Beinart said.
“You’re full of crap,” Lewadnowski said.
“Listen, I’m not getting paid by one of the candidates, okay? ” Berinart said.
“Neither am I,” Lewandowski replied.
Beinart was referring to severance payments Lewandowski had been receiving from the Trump campaign while working for CNN. He has since received the remainder of his severance in a lump sum and is not currently receiving payment from the campaign.
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