Trump said he’d praise a CPAC poll if it came out in favor of him, otherwise he’d call it fake

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to speak during the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC held at the Hilton Anatole on July 11, 2021 in Dallas, Texas.

  • Donald Trump delivered a speech at the CPAC conference on Sunday.
  • “Now, if it’s bad, I just say it’s fake,” Trump said of polls he doesn’t like.
  • The cynical approach fits Trump’s track record, but the admission was unusually frank.
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Former President Donald Trump in his speech at the CPAC conservative conference Sunday made a frank admission: that he judges the reliability of poll results on whether he wins them.

If he didn’t like the result of a poll he’d call it fake, but if he approved of the result he’d lavish it with praise, he said.

Speaking at the event in Dallas, Trump discussed the straw poll recording the popularity of potential 2024 Republican presidential candidates in the hours before its results came out.

“By the way, you have a poll coming out,” Trump said during his hour and a half-long speech. “I want to know what it is. You know they do that straw poll, right?”

“Now, if it’s bad, I just say it’s fake,” Trump said, drawing laughter from the crowd. “If it’s good, I say that’s the most accurate poll, perhaps ever.”

Trump then tried to cajole CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp to give him the results early.

“I guess it gets announced after, I want to find out, are you going to – oh, he won’t. He won’t tell me,” said Trump.

Critics saw in the remarks an admission from Trump of his playbook when dealing with unfavorable data: attacking its authenticity when it doesn’t suit his agenda.

It notably matches his handling of the 2020 presidential election results, the integrity of which he has attacked repeatedly since losing to Joe Biden.

Trump has claimed, wrongly, that the contest was stolen from his as a result of mass fraud. Despite a concerted attempt to substantiate the claims, attempts by Trump and his allies to challenge the results have all failed.

The claim inspired his supporters on January 6 to attack the US Capitol in a bid to halt Joe Biden’s certification as president.

It turned out that Trump had no reason to seek to discredit the CPAC straw poll.

70% of conference attendees said they’d vote for him if he were the primary candidate. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis came second on 21%.

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30% of 18- to 29-year-olds say history will judge Trump as ‘the worst president ever’

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50% more young people say they are politically active today than did in 2009, according to the Harvard poll.

  • Thirty percent of Americans between 18 and 29 years old believe history will judge Trump as the “worst president ever,” according to a new Harvard poll.
  • 56% of young people said history will judge Trump as “bad,” “terrible,” or the “worst president ever.”
  • Just 56% of young Republicans said they want Trump to “play a key role in the future of Republican politics.”
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Young Americans overwhelmingly dislike former President Donald Trump. And, according to a new Harvard Institute of Politics poll, 30% of Americans between 18 and 29 years old believe history will judge Trump as the “worst” president in US history.

Just about a quarter of young people – 26% – assessed the former president positively, while 56% said history will view him as “bad,” “terrible,” or the “worst president ever.” Eleven percent said he’ll be seen as an “average” president.

Even young Republicans are divided on whether Trump should play a central role in politics going forward. Just 56% said they want Trump to “play a key role in the future of Republican politics.” And when asked to choose between the GOP and Trump, 42% of young Republicans said they are supporters of the Republican Party over the former president. About a quarter said they’re primarily Trump supporters and another quarter said they support both the GOP and Trump.

The majority of these young conservatives are sympathetic or subscribe to Trump and his allies’ false claims about the legitimacy of the 2020 election.

Two-thirds of young people believe President Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, but just about a quarter of young Republicans think Biden was legitimately elected. Twenty percent of young GOP-ers believe Trump won reelection against Biden – and this number leaps to 35% among young Republicans who live in rural areas.

At the same time, Biden has attracted historic support from young Americans. The 78-year-old former vice president has the highest approval rating among young people of any first-term US president since the poll was first conducted 20 years ago.

The Harvard poll surveyed 2,513 US residents between 18 and 29 years old from March 9 to March 22, 2021. The margin of error is 2.6%.

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