Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump berated Anderson Cooper for addressing polls that shed him in a negative light instead of the polls showing him leading the GOP.
When Cooper read Trump a quote from Red State’s Erick Erickson contending the real estate mogul “largely closed the book on Evangelical support,” because he said at a forum in Iowa Saturday he doesn’t think he’s asked God for forgiveness, Trump hit back hard.
It is apparent that Cooper realized his mistake and began to ask another question, Trump interrupted him, “I don’t know, you keep bringing up negative. You only want to talk about negative. Why don’t you bring up the positive,” the candidate challenged him.
“I did,” the host immediately replied. “I started off with the Washington Post poll.” The poll Cooper was referring to was released earlier this week and has Trump leading with 24 percent, outpacing his closest GOP rival, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by 11 points.
“You start off the interview with a poll that I didn’t even know existed,” answered Trump.
Cooper continued to defend himself, noting: “I started off with the Washington Post poll intentionally because I knew you would accuse me of that.”
“Sure,” Trump said. “All I know is every poll I am leading in and you give me these two polls where it’s different states. They’re not even a national poll.” Cooper then challenged Trump to “check the record” as the host noted he began the interview with a Washington Post poll where he is “way out in front.”
“I think it’s very unfair,” asserted Trump. “You’re talking to me about a poll I never even saw.”
“It’s not even a poll. It’s in three different states and you are hitting me with this. Frankly, I think it is a very unfair question. I think it is an extremely — you start off the interview with that. You don’t say, I led in the FOX poll. I’m leading in the ABC/Washington Post poll.”
“You’re leading across the board,” Cooper conceded.
“I am leading across the board,” Trump said. “And then you hit me with this poll that I didn’t even see before, where oh, gee, it’s not even that kind of a poll. All I know is I have a very big group of support.”
“Among Republicans you are way out in the front,” Cooper concurred.
“Let me tell you.” Trump started to explain. “The people don’t trust you and the people don’t trust the media. And I understand why.”
You know, I have always been covered, fairly, accurately because it was usually a financial press. And you know numbers are numbers and my numbers happen to be great. So, I was always sort of treated fair. With the media it’s, not all cases, some, some of the political media is great. And really honest. Even if they don’t want to be, they’re really honest. But I find that 60, 70 percent of the political media is really, really dishonest.
You know I tell the story, the American dream — I talk about the American dream in speeches. The American dream is dead but I’m going to make it bigger and better and stronger than ever before. The American dream is dead. But I’m going to make it bigger and better, stronger than than ever, right? And I go ‘boom!’ And I do it with great bravado and the audience goes crazy.”
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