Amid a series of reports touting negative 2020 presidential polls for Donald Trump — including that the Trump campaign fired internal pollsters after leaks of polls showing former Vice President Joe Biden beating the president in key states — Trump has issued a series of 2020-themed tweets displaying his usual optimism about his chances. One of those tweets included a true rarity: the president agreeing with democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
"Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 'I think we have a very real risk of losing the Presidency to Donald Trump.' I agree, and that is the only reason they play the impeach card, which cannot be legally used!" he wrote Sunday night.
The trolling tweet followed another tweet about impeachment and the 2020 election. "Almost 70% in new Poll say don’t impeach," Trump wrote. "So ridiculous to even be talking about this subject when all of the crimes were committed by the other side. They can’t win the election fairly!"
When the president woke up Monday morning, he clearly still had 2020 and "fake polls" on his mind. In a pair of tweets, Trump brought attention to the huge crowds continuing to come to his rallies, one of the features of his 2016 campaign that pollsters downplayed.
"Big Rally tomorrow night in Orlando, Florida, looks to be setting records," he tweeted early Monday. "We are building large movie screens outside to take care of everybody. Over 100,000 requests. Our Country is doing great, far beyond what the haters & losers thought possible — and it will only get better!"
Those polls showing him trailing the Democratic frontrunners — whom he dubbed "the Motley Crew" —he suggested, are about as reliable as the ones showing Hillary Clinton defeating him easily in 2016.
"Only Fake Polls show us behind the Motley Crew," he wrote. "We are looking really good, but it is far too early to be focused on that. Much work to do! MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"
The Trump campaign is reportedly shaking up its internal polling staff after leaks of negative polls taken back in March. On Sunday, NBC News provided a summary of the data, the release of which has apparently gotten some folks fired.
"In Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan — states where Trump edged Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton by narrow margins that proved decisive in his victory — Trump trails Biden by double-digits. In three of those states — Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Florida — Biden’s leads sit outside the poll’s margin of error," NBC reported Sunday. "Trump is also behind the former vice president in Iowa by 7 points, in North Carolina by 8 points, in Virginia by 17 points, in Ohio by 1 point, in Georgia by 6 points, in Minnesota by 14 points, and in Maine by 15 points. In Texas, where a Democratic presidential nominee hasn’t won since President Jimmy Carter in 1976, Trump leads by just 2 points."
As NBC notes, Trump dismissed the polling news in his Oval Office interview last week, saying they're "winning in every single state that we've polled," including in Texas, Ohio and Florida, where they are winning "very big."
"Those are fake numbers," he said of the leaked data from March. "But do you know when you’re going to see that? You’re going to see that on Election Day."
Trump's campaign manager Brad Parscale has dismissed the numbers breathlessly reported by ABC, the New York Times and NBC as "ancient" and said that the Democrats' increasing embrace of "far-left policy" has triggered "huge swings" in polling numbers since. The Trump campaign has also issued a statement addressing the leaked data from March. "All news about the President’s polling is completely false," the campaign asserted. "The President’s new polling is extraordinary and his numbers have never been better."