Trump Says Insta-Polls Prove He Won, Breitbart’s Says He Lost

AP

Just two days after declaring he doesn’t “believe” in polls anymore, Donald Trump highlighted the results of unscientific snap polls to declare himself the victor in Wednesday’s third and final presidential debate.

“Thank you America- I am honored to win the final debate for our MOVEMENT,” the Republican nominee tweeted Thursday morning, along with the results of a slew of polls from conservative-leaning sites including Drudge and the Washington Times.

Yet Trump hardly had a clean sweep in the post-debate polls. At Breitbart, the far-right site that has served as the real estate mogul’s most enthusiastic cheerleader throughout the race, Hillary Clinton bested Trump 55.26 percent to 47.4 percent. Clinton also won the CNN/ORC poll 52 percent to Trump’s 39 percent, and was ahead 66 to 32 percent in Fox News’ survey.

The Fox polls Trump cited in his graphic were from local affiliates in Connecticut and Wisconsin.

All of these online surveys are unreliable, allowing supporters to vote as many times as they want to sway the results towards the candidate they favor.

Regardless of the results, Trump appeared pleased with his own performance, calling the debate “exciting” and saying that he “made all of my points.”

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Allegra Kirkland is a New York-based reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked on The Nation’s web team and as the associate managing editor for AlterNet. Follow her on Twitter @allegrakirkland.
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