If Joe Biden does win the White House, it will be very narrowly, something that Democrats are not happy about. But they’re not the only ones bristling at the pollsters.
Polls that showed Joe Biden with massive leads before Nov. 3 were an attempt at voter suppression, the Trump campaign says.
“That’s voter suppression”
According to the New York Post, Trump pollster John McLaughlin said Wednesday that the president shared his concerns over the phone about a Washington Post/ABC poll that showed Trump behind by 17 points in Wisconsin. His internal poll in Wisconsin ended up being much more accurate.
The polls predicting a blowout for Biden were part of an effort to keep Republicans, who showed up in greater numbers on Election Day than Democrats, from going to the polls, McLaughlin said.
“That’s voter suppression. If you don’t think your candidate can win, why vote?” he argued Wednesday, as the Post reported.
President Trump now needs to win Pennsylvania to get 270 electoral votes after mail-in ballots erased his Election Night margins in many battleground states. Trump and his allies have alleged that fraud played a role in the dramatic turnaround.
Trump weighs in
The issue of suppression was also raised by Trump allies after Fox News drew backlash from Republicans for calling Arizona for Joe Biden on Tuesday night. Ballots are still being counted in Arizona days later.
Trump, of course, has not kept quiet about the “fake” polls either.
At a press conference Thursday, the president denounced the polls as a form of election interference and vowed to not throw in the towel before Americans can be sure that the election was fair.
“We [Republicans] are also, I believe, the party of inclusion as everyone now recognizes media polling was election interference in the truest sense of that word,” Trump said, according to WTNH. “These really phony polls, I have to call them phony polls, fake polls, were designed to keep our voters at home, create the illusion on momentum for Mr. Biden and diminish Republican’s ability to raise funds.
“They were what’s called suppression polls,” the president added. “And it’s never been used to the extent it’s been used on this last election.”