Trump criticizes poll showing him losing to Democratic front-runners
The Fed isn’t the only thing irking the president this morning. More results have been released from the latest Washington Post/ABC News poll, and they show Trump trailing Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris in hypothetical general election match-ups.
This two-part tweet thread continues several falsehoods, not to mention the derogatory nickname he throws in for Warren, so let’s take them one at a time.
First of all, as the blog covered yesterday, the Washington Post/ABC News poll is well regarded. It has an A+ rating from the polling and analysis website FiveThirtyEight.
Second of all, the outlets’ final poll before the general election in 2016 showed that Hillary Clinton would beat Trump nationally by 4 points. That was very close to the actual result, where Clinton defeated Trump in the popular vote by 2 points. (She obviously lost the Electoral College and the presidency along with it.)
Third, there is no evidence that pollsters are skewing their results in an attempt to undermine Trump.
Fourth, Trump has been campaigning since he took office. He has held campaign rallies consistently since his inauguration.
Fifth, Russia’s 2016 election interference is very much confirmed and is not at all “fake news.”
Sixth, Trump has egregiously exaggerated how much Dan Bishop, the Republican who won last night’s special congressional race in North Carolina, was down in the polls.
It’s amazing how many falsehoods can be stuffed into two 280-character tweets.
Trump slams Fed leaders as ‘Boneheads’
Good morning, live blog readers — I hope you all take a moment today to remember the 2,997 people lost 18 years ago.
Our president’s focus seems to be drifting toward other topics this morning. While simultaneous celebrating his party’s narrow victory last night in a North Carolina special congressional race, Donald Trump is lashing out against the leaders of the Federal Reserve as “Boneheads.”
The central bank is expected to once again lower interest rates next week after doing so for the first time in a decade during its July meeting.
But that doesn’t seem to be appeasing Trump, who has previously complained that the Fed’s chairman, Jerome Powell, supposedly raised interest rates too fast and then lowered them too slowly.
This is very well-trodden territory for Trump. He has repeatedly lashed out against Powell to blame the chairman for the slowing US economy, even though the president’s trade war has done far more damage in that arena.
But this poll released yesterday, showing a majority of Americans expect a recession in the next year, is almost certainly on the president’s mind, too. Trump is counting on a strong economy to win re-election. If he doesn’t have it, he’ll at least need a bogeyman to blame for the slump. Why not the Fed chairman?
Here’s what else the blog is keeping its eye on:
- Americans across the country will recognize the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
- Trump and the first lady are attending a 9/11 observance ceremony at the Pentagon.
- Robert Wilkie, the VA secretary, will continue his five-day trip through Israel.
The blog is watching all of that, so stay tuned.