In a lesson in what happens when you shut off your brain and trust Donald Trump, conservative website Breitbart News made the mistake of believing Trump when he swore he was only losing in the polls because of “media bias” – and wound up paying for the privilege of owning themselves.
Trump has spent the last few weeks plummeting further and further down the polls. He currently sits at staggering -7 nationally and is losing nearly every battleground state by massive margins. In a typically generous NBC/Marist poll, Trump trails Hillary by double digits in several of his must-win states.
New NBC/WSJ/Marist polls
CO: HRC 46, Trump 32 (+14)
FL: HRC 44, Trump 39 (+5)
NC: HRC 48, Trump 39 (+9)
VA: HRC 46, Trump 33 (+13)
— Mark Murray (@mmurraypolitics) August 12, 2016
It’s gotten so bad, that election prediction wizard Nate Silver has been toying with “what if” scenarios that involve Trump wipeouts of historic margins. A few points here, a few points there and Trump could wind up losing in a landslide so big, political scientists will need to come up with a different term to do it justice.
So, how does Trump face this devastating news? He pretends it’s not happening. At a Pennsylvania rally recently, the Republican candidate told his fans that if he doesn’t win, it proves the election was rigged. Back in reality, the latest polls should Trump down at least 10 points in the state.
Breitbart, which sold its soul to Trump long ago and now operates almost exclusively as a Trump PR wing, has been scrambling to support this delusional narrative. The results have been… unintentionally hilarious.
Alex Marlow, the editor-in-chief of Breitbart News, said it was the natural next step for Breitbart to establish its own series of polls.
“It’s an open secret that polls are often manipulated and spun to create momentum for a particular candidate or issue,” Marlow said. “Breitbart News Network’s first national poll marks the start of a major initiative to give our readers an accurate assessment on where the American people stand on the key topics and people of the day — without the mainstream media filter.
So what did they find by removing the “mainstream media filter?” Is Trump crushing Hillary Clinton on a wave of silent majority voters the other pollsters ignore?
Democratic nominee Hillary R. Clinton leads in a four-way contest with 42 percent of the vote, compared to Donald J. Trump with 37 percent, Libertarian Gary Johnson with 9 percent, and 3 percent for Green Party nominee Dr. Jill Stein, according to a Breitbart/Gravis national poll conducted Aug. 9 with 2,832 likely voters.
In a poll designed, paid for, and executed by Trump fanatics, the best they could do was keep Hillary’s lead below double digits. Ouch.
And how are Breitbart readers handling the idea that their own website can’t even find a way for Trump to win? Not well…
November is going to be a hard month for the reality-challenged.
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