Donald Trump, who has a tendency to dismiss polls that show him trailing Hillary Clinton, declared on Tuesday morning that many polls are “phony” during an interview on “Fox and Friends.”
“I do think a lot of polls are purposefully wrong,” he said when asked if some pollsters have incorrectly predicted the level of support Trump has garnered. “I think I can almost tell you by the people that do it. The media is very dishonest, extremely dishonest, and I think a lot of polls are phony. I don’t think they interview people. I think they just put out phony numbers.”
Trump has a love-hate relationship with polls. He touts polls that show him ahead, and he’s promoted unscientific snap polls that show he won debates. But when he is behind, the polls are his worst enemy.
During the interview on “Fox and Friends,” Trump also addressed how he would feel if he lost the election when he was asked about comments he’s made indicating that his campaign will have been a “waste of time” if he loses.
“I’ve been given a lot of credit for having done this because I went through 17 great professionals, you know, very top people, and I’ve been given a lot of credit. And they said whether you win or lose, it doesn’t matter because there’s never been a movement like this. Even your friend, Bill O’Reilly, said it’s the greatest political phenomena in his lifetime,” Trump said. “There’s never been a movement.”
Trump then indicated that this “movement” wasn’t enough.
“So they said, no, no, even if you don’t win. I said, let me tell you, if I don’t win, I will consider it a tremendous waste of time, energy, and money,” he said before claiming that he will have spent more than $100 million of his own money on his campaign.