When asked how to explain a Fox poll that found a majority of registered voters approve of Joe Biden's job as president, Lara Trump attacked her employer's credibility, saying, “I truly don’t believe that.”
On Wednesday, Trump followed her father-in-law in dissing Fox polling she didn’t like. After ranting that Joe Biden is trying to infringe on Second Amendment rights, Fox & Friends cohost Brian Kilmeade lowered Biden’s approval rating by two points when he asked, “How do you explain that his approval rating, according to Fox’s poll, is at 54%?” (Biden’s approval rating, according to Fox's poll, is actually 56%.)
“I truly don’t believe that. I don’t think that’s a legitimate number,” Trump said.
Unlike her father-in-law, Lara Trump is paid by Fox. So, perhaps mindful that she was biting the hand that feeds her, she added, “I also think, look, he gets totally coddled, guys, by the mainstream media. Every time you see him truly asked a question by these outlets, they’re these softball questions about ice cream, and they don’t push him on anything, they don’t follow up with in the way we know they would with Donald Trump, and he just gets glowing reviews all around from the mainstream media.”
She whined, “I can’t believe that anybody would have his approval rating anywhere over about a negative 5% at this point.”
Kilmeade and cohosts Ainsley Earhardt chuckled appreciatively. Cohost Steve Doocy said, “Well, Fox News stands by the poll.”
In fact, Fox polling is very highly regarded. FiveThirtyEight.com gives this poll an A grade.
As Crooks and Liars’ John Amato said about Lara Trump, “a brainiac, she is not.”
You can watch Trump try to deny reality below, from the June 23, 2021 Fox & Friends, via Crooks and Liars.
This morning, I met a lady neighbour who proudly declared that she was not vaccinated and had no intention of getting vaccinated because, because, because … insert the same list of random talking points one gets from Fox and Friends.
I asked her what medications her plumber said she should take for bronchitis or dermatitis; she huffed and puffed that she’d ask a doctor not a plumber. Being anything but stupid, she realised that she’d talked herself into a corner.
A cuppa with biscuits will heal that rift (as it has many others) but it’s this sort of behaviour that will turn Covid-19 into an annual event like the flu. Science did not have the required knowledge during the early 1900s. There’s no excuse for that to happen again in 2020/21.