In his latest tantrum, Donald Trump has his campaign send a cease and desist letter to CNN President Jeff Zucker demanding that the network retract and apologize for a poll that shows Trump lagging far behind his Democratic opponent Joe Biden. CNN says that they “immediately rejected” the letter and said that they stand behind the recent poll, which shows Trump losing to Biden by 14 points, 55-41 percent.

The poll also put Trump’s approval rating at 38 percent currently, which they point out is about the same rating suffered by one-term presidents like Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush just a few months before they lost their re-election bids.

The letter accused CNN of trying to mislead voters and stifle enthusiasm for Trump’s campaign.

“It’s a stunt and a phony poll to cause voter suppression, stifle momentum and enthusiasm for the President, and present a false view generally of the actual support across America for the President,” it said. Speaking of voter suppression, did you see the lines to vote in Georgia the other day? Did Trump send someone a letter about that?

Following the cease and desist demand, Trump tweeted that he’s “retained” a polling company to “analyze” the CNN poll because he “felt” it was “fake.”

Poll analysis publication FiveThirtyEight gave McLaughlin & Associates a C/D rating in their project that analyzed and graded a long list of pollsters, giving them a 70 percent accuracy score in calling elections correctly and showing them skewing conservative. CNN also provided a substantial list of other polls that found results similar to theirs, with Trump losing by double digits.

Additionally, CNN goes into detail as to why the accusations leveled in Trump’s letter are inaccurate and misleading.

“McLaughlin says CNN’s survey is a ‘skewed anti-Trump poll of only 25% Republican.’ That percentage of respondents, however, is consistent with several other major polls that use live telephone interviews, which provide the most reliable snapshot of the race,” the CNN article explains. “McLaughlin this week argued that pollsters should include a third of Republicans in surveys to reflect the 33% that they represented in the 2016 vote, but exit polls nearly always have higher shares of partisans and lower shares of independents than pre-election phone polls.”

With that out of the way, it’s time to mock Trump for being a giant baby.

Anything can happen so don’t get cocky, but feel free to enjoy Don’s squirming in the meantime.

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*First Published: June 10, 2020, 11:30 am