President Trump on Wednesday lashed out at a new Washington Post–ABC News poll showing him trailing five Democratic presidential candidates, dismissing it as a “phony suppression poll.”
The president sent three tweets complaining about the poll just minutes before he was scheduled to participate in a moment of silence marking the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Trump blasted the Post and ABC as “one of the worst pollsters of them all.” He claimed the news outlets projected him to lose by “15 points” in 2016, though their final poll predicted Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton would win by 4 percentage points.
The president also claimed he “hasn’t even started campaigning yet,” despite the fact that he’s held several rallies in recent months in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, North Carolina and elsewhere and officially launched his reelection with a rally in Florida in June.
He cited Republican Dan Bishop’s victory a night earlier in a North Carolina special election as evidence that polls can be wrong after they showed the candidate trailing weeks ago.