As Americans prepared to elect the next president of the United States on Election Day, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump downplayed results from polls conducted to show which candidate is leading the contentious race.
“I do think a lot of the polls are purposefully wrong,” he said in an phone interview on Tuesday’s Fox & Friends, video of which is in the tweet below. “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.”
However, Trump immediately went on to give credence to the polls in his analysis of the numbers. “I do think this: After the debates, I think my numbers really started to go up well,” he said. “And then I did a series in the last two weeks only of, only of, you know, really important speeches, I think. And you know, 20,000, 25,000 people, 31,000 people were showing up to these speeches.”
Trump used his appearance on Fox to echo the sentiment in his tweets and rally speeches in recent months, during which he has claimed that the election is rigged. “The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary [Clinton] – but also at many polling places – SAD,” he tweeted in October.
“This is more than just the usual standard lie,” President Barack Obama said of Trump’s claims at a Hillary Clinton rally after the third presidential debate in October. “Because when you suggest rigging or fraud without a shred of evidence, when last night, at the debate, Trump becomes the first major party nominee in American history to suggest that he will not concede despite losing the vote and then says today that he will accept the results if he wins — that is not a joking matter.”
Obama continued: “I want everybody to pay attention here. That is dangerous. Because when you try to sow the seeds of doubt in people’s minds about the legitimacy of our elections, that undermines our democracy. Then you’re doing the work of our adversaries for them. Because our democracy depends on people knowing that their vote matters, that those who occupy the seats of power were chosen by the people.”
As Election Day results roll in Tuesday night, Clinton and Trump will be blocks away from each other at their respective watching events in New York City.