Donald Trump’s Campaign Fires Off Cease And Desist Letter To CNN Over Poll That Shows Joe Biden With Wide Lead

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign sent a cease and desist letter to CNN demanding that they retract and apologize for a poll showing Joe Biden with a 14-point lead in the presidential race.

“We stand by our poll,” a CNN spokesperson said.

A Trump campaign spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment, but in the letter, senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis and chief operating officer Michael Glassner write to CNN chief Jeff Zucker that the poll was “designed to mislead American voters through a biased questionnaire and skewed sampling.”

“Media polls such as these are designed to manufacture an anti-Trump narrative and misinform and mislead actual voters,” the wrote. “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.”

On Monday, Trump, irked by the poll’s results, announced that he had retained pollster John McLaughlin to do an analysis of the poll.

In their letter, Ellis and Glassner wrote, “According to our independent assessment via the highly respected McLaughlin & Associates, ‘The CNN poll out today is another skewed anti-Trump poll of only 25% Republican. It’s a poll of 1,259 adults – not even registered voters, let alone likely voters. Also, it was done between June 2nd and 5th, before the great economic news from last Friday.’ Further, the questions and topics selected likely biased the poll further.”

Trump has often lashed out at polls in the past as “fake,” including those conducted by Fox News. Other polls also show Trump falling behind Biden, a smaller gap but still a significant lead. The RealClearPolitics national average of polls on Wednesday shows Biden with an 8.1 point lead.

The campaign requested that CNN retract the poll, which was conducted by SSRS, “by publishing a full, fair, and conspicuous retraction, apology, and clarification to correct its misleading conclusions.” They also claim that the polls is defamatory and misleading.

In a story on the Trump campaign letter, noted that “while it’s accurate that 1,259 adults were reached on landlines or cell phones by a live interviewer for the survey, the 14-point margin by which Trump is trailing Biden came from a question posed only to 1,125 registered voters. It’s typical for polling to sample registered voters rather than likely ones at this stage of the race, as it’s difficult to project whether voters will participate in an election that is five months away.” They also noted that the 25% sample of Republicans is a percentage that is “consistent with several other major polls that use live telephone interviews, which provide the most reliable snapshot of the race.”

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