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Trump knocks Fox News after poll shows him losing to Biden by 10 points

POLITICO logo POLITICO 7/26/2019 By Caitlin Oprysko

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President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on Fox News Friday, complaining that the network’s pollsters weren’t favorable enough to him after claiming the news organization had been “Proud Warriors” for him in the run-up to the 2016 election.

“@FoxNews is at it again. So different from what they used to be during the 2016 Primaries, & before - Proud Warriors! Now new Fox Polls, which have always been terrible to me (they had me losing BIG to Crooked Hillary), have me down to Sleepy Joe,” he wrote on Twitter using the nickname he assigned to former Vice President Joe Biden.

The poll he appears to be referencing shows the president losing a handful of hypothetical matchups against 2020 frontrunners. The national survey found that Trump would lose to Biden by 10 points, and to Sen. Bernie Sanders by 6 points. It showed him beating both Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, though, by a slim 1-point margin, within the poll’s margin of error.

That poll showed Biden with a comfortable cushion among 2020 Democrats, with a lead of more than double his next closest competitor, Sanders.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: President Donald Trump tweeted there was “NO WAY” that he could be losing to Joe Biden.  © Mark Wilson/Getty Images President Donald Trump tweeted there was “NO WAY” that he could be losing to Joe Biden.  Trump argued that despite a number of setbacks for his administration, like the Mueller investigation — which he ripped as “a three year vicious Witch Hunt, perpetrated by the Lamestream Media in Collusion with Crooked and the Democrat Party” — there was “NO WAY” that “I can be losing to the Sleepy One” due to the strength of the economy under his watch.

The Biden team ribbed Trump over his tweets, knocking his on-again, off-again relationship with polling. "We know you love the polls," his campaign wrote on Twitter on Friday. "We're glad you saw the latest from Fox: Biden 49%, Trump 39. You're losing by ten. Have a nice day."

Added Kate Bedingfield, Biden's deputy campaign manager: "You seem nervous."

Despite Trump’s reprimands, he had praised a separate poll by the network just a day before, highlighting its finding that voter ratings on the economy were the best in decades. That same poll also found that Trump’s approval rating had ticked up.

Friday’s screed is the latest attack on a network that has constantly boosted the president and his administration. But he has recently knocked the network for hosting town halls with his potential rivals in next year’s election, events that have been ratings successes, and gone after its news anchors who he deemed unfairly critical compared to their opinion show counterparts. But despite his complaints, he continues to appear on the network, phoning into Sean Hannity's show Thursday night for a freewheeling 25-minute conversation.

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