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For the second time in the last week, President Donald Trump assailed Fox News — this time, for talking about what he called “phony” suppression polls that showed him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in several key swing states.

“Fox News gladly puts up the phony suppression polls as soon as they come out,” Trump tweeted “We are leading in the REAL polls because people are sick & tired of watching the Democrat-run cities, in all cases, falling apart. Also, now 96 percent Approval Rating in the Republican Party. Another 2016!”

Trump was reacting to a Fox News segment with Wall Street Journal editor John Bussey, in which he cited a CNBC/Change Research survey that showed the president trailing Biden in Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Bussey told host Eric Shawn that there were some surprises in the poll numbers.  

It wasn’t long ago that the president was leading in Florida and was close in some of these other states, but again, it’s the gap between Biden leading and the president falling behind is a reflection of the polls basically also showing disapproval of kind of the way the coronavirus has been handled,” Shawn said. “Now, the Electoral College could go a very different way, but it is hard for you to come up with numbers the president needs to win at the moment.”

“Look, things can change,” Bussey said. “We’re still many months away from the election. It’s entirely possible that the mood of the public could change very quickly.”

Trump soon followed up on his first tweet blasting Fox News’ weekend programming, which he has done repeatedly in the past, and promoting One America News Network and Newsmax.

“Fox News weekend afternoons is the worst! Getting into @CNN and MSDNC territory. Watch @OANN & @newsmax instead. Much better!”


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