Trump: Polls that make me look bad are ‘fake’

The president of the United States has issued a new decree about what qualifies as “fake news.”

President Donald Trump on Monday morning pronounced, falsely, that “any negative polls are fake news.” He also incorrectly implied that all election polls were fake because most put his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton, in the lead.

Trump’s comment comes just minutes after CNN aired a segment on its recent opinion poll, released Sunday, which found Trump has a 44 percent approval—the lowest since polls like this existed in the United States.

The CNN/ORC poll also found Americans largely split over Trump’s controversial travel ban, which suspended the U.S. refugee program and barred citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S. Some 47 percent approve of the ban while 53 percent oppose it.

A federal judge in Washington state on Friday evening temporarily shut down Trump’s executive order

The president has repeatedly attempted to cast polls that find his approval rating at historic lows as false by pointing to his election victory as proof. In fact, while prediction models failed to foresee Trump’s victory in the Electoral College, the total average of national 2016 presidential election polls precisely aligned with Trump’s loss of the national popular vote to Clinton by 2.1 percent.

Trump’s latest effort to delegitimize polling follows a weekend during which he called U.S. District Court Judge James Robart, the President George W. Bush appointee who put a stop to the president’s travel ban, as a “so-called” judge and implicitly blamed him for putting the U.S. “in peril.”

The Trump administration is currently appealing Robart’s decision. Attorneys for Washington state and Minnesota on Monday told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that overturning Robart’s ruling would “unleash chaos.”

Andrew Couts

Andrew Couts

Andrew Couts is the former editor of Layer 8, a section dedicated to the intersection of the Internet and the state—and the gaps in between. Prior to the Daily Dot, Couts served as features editor and features writer for Digital Trends, associate editor of TheWeek.com, and associate editor at Maxim magazine. When he’s not working, Couts can be found hiking with his German shepherds or blasting around on motorcycles.