Tuesday on Fox News Channel, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump offered his thoughts on how the campaign proceeded as Election Day has finally come.
One of his criticisms was how the polls had been handled, which he called in some cases “phony” and “purposefully wrong.”
Partial transcript as follows:
DOOCY: A couple of weeks ago you know it was revealed that part of Hillary Clinton’s game plan was to try, you know, to talk up the polls and make it seem like the show’s over, no way you can win. Then of course the polls for the most part right now are too close to call. Ultimately though do you think the polls that we’ve seen over the last week or two, going back, are wrong because the pollsters are not factoring in how many Democrats are going to be voting for you?
You know all this early voting stuff, they say well this many Democrats requested ballots, this many Republicans. And also just the gigantic number of Republicans who have turned out to see you, the enthusiasm level. Do you think those things the pollsters are getting wrong?
TRUMP: I do think a lot of the polls are purposefully wrong. I think I can almost tell you by the people that do it. The media is very dishonest, extremely dishonest. And I think a lot of the polls are phony. I don’t even think they interview people.
TRUMP: I think they just put out phony numbers. I do think this, after the debates, I think my numbers really started to go up well. And then I did a series over the last two weeks, only of you know, really important speeches I think. 20,000, 25,000 people, 31,000 people were showing up to these speeches.
You saw yesterday, you saw the kind of crowds we’re getting. I said something’s happening here. Something incredible is happening here. And tell you the enthusiasm and the love in those rooms, in those arenas, they’re really arenas, I mean in New Hampshire last night it was a tremendous arena, beautiful arena. And same thing, we had a big convention center last night in Michigan. But they’re packed. I mean we have thousands of people.
TRUMP: We had last night in Michigan we had 10,000 people outside that couldn’t get in.
TRUMP: 10,000 people. It’s been amazing. So I said something’s happening. Something’s really going on.
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