The 2020 madness begins with Trump retweeting fake polling results from Fox
In what could be a disturbing forecast of the 2020 campaign season, Donald Trump on Thursday morning tweeted out to his 60 million followers fake polling results that suggested his approval rating is soaring:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2019
But the graphic, taken from Lou Dobbs’ program on Fox Business, is completely false. The poll cited, Georgetown University’s Battleground Poll, found that Trump’s approval rating remains stuck at a weak 43 percent, while his disapproval rating stands at 55 percent. Somebody at Fox switched the polling results, which then somehow just happened to find their way to Trump, who quickly spread the lie. What the Battleground Poll also found was that just 37 percent of likely voters are planning on voting Republican next year, compared to 42 percent who say they’ll support Democrats.
Does Trump care if the numbers are bogus or got reversed? Of course not. He revels in lies and misinformation, and couldn’t care less if at a closer look his boast doesn’t hold up. He also has a long history of retweeting polling data without including context and key references. Do producers at Fox News even care that they made a comically inept error (assuming the move wasn’t done on purpose)? It’s hard to say. The whole operation is run at such a juvenile level that it’s impossible to tell if any journalists actually remain employed there. Fox News does occasionally issue apologies, like when it recently announced to viewers that Trump had cut off financial aid to three “Mexican countries.” (At least one person at Fox News thinks Mexico is a continent)
It also makes perfect sense that the phony polling numbers aired on Dobbs’ show.