It's Election Day, and Donald Trump believes that the polls are rigged against him.
Trump appeared on Fox and Friends on Tuesday morning, and co-host Steve Doocy asked the real estate mogul if the polls were wrong because they haven't accurately captured voter enthusiasm for him. Trump certainly believed that this was the case.
"I do think a lot of the polls are purposely wrong," Trump said. "I think–I can almost tell you by the people that do it–the media is very dishonest. Extremely dishonest. And I think a lot of the polls are phony. I don't even think they interview people. I think they just put out phony numbers."
Trump went on to say that his polls increased–even though they supposedly put out "phony numbers"–since the presidential debates and boasted about his crowd sizes.
There is some irony in Trump dismissing the polls on Fox News:
Fox News hosts encourage Trump to say the public polls/media polls are faked. Fox final poll had Trump down by 4. https://t.co/G5CV5DfYN2— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 8, 2016
The GOP presidential nominee probably doesn't want to depress his supporters since he needs as much turnout as possible to pull off an improbable victory on Tuesday evening, but the notion that polls are fabricated is nonsense. As the Daily Wire has explained, there is no basis for such an assertion since the polls–taken in aggregates–have typically been correct in presidential elections.
The polling does seem to indicate a likely victory for Hillary Clinton, however:
3) Basically, these 3 cases are equally likely— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) November 8, 2016
a—Solid Clinton win
b—Epic Clinton blowout
c—Close call, Trump *probably* wins Elect. Coll. pic.twitter.com/9uhM1KxUkv
For a full breakdown on the final polls, read James Barrett's piece at the Daily Wire here.
(h/t: The Hill)