And, according to the usual conventional wisdom, it’s now after Labor Day, which means the campaign has really begun, which means that Trump is in the lead, in no less than a CNN poll. He’s up by two points, it’s margin of error. This is stunning when you consider the firepower in what I call the Summer of Hate. The Summer of Hate, the hatred directed at Trump, when you look at all of the firepower from everywhere that you could find, every sector of the Drive-By Media has been launching one salvo after another at Trump. And then the paid supporters of Hillary have been running their ads as well.
But, even without the ads, just the tenor and the tone and the substance of the Drive-By Media coverage, Trump ought to be at 20% and dead. And Trump hasn’t spent much money at all, and yet he has now edged ahead. CNN is reporting this, their headline: “Nine Weeks Out, a Near Even Race,” which, of course, is not what the headline should have been. The headline should have been something like: “Presidential Poll: Donald Trump Pulls Ahead of Hillary Clinton Despite Our Best Efforts.”
It’s incredible. It is incredible.
Now, you go with the flow on the polls. I can’t tell you the number of people: “Rush, do you really think the polls are right?” I tell you what my answer is. Yes, I believe ’em. It’s too risky to choose to select the poll you want to believe one day and ignore one the next. It doesn’t make any sense. You gotta go with what they report. It’s the path of least resistance and it generally is accurate.
I mean, there’s some obviously outlier polls which get it wrong. And even some of the highbrows, some of the highly respected polls get it wrong. And, of course, polling data is used to make news rather than reflect it. We all know that. But it’s simpler to go with it. This could be — you know, if you believe in fake polls, this could be fake, and it could be fake designed to get everybody all revved up and hepped up and the next CNN poll is gonna show Hillary up by five and you get depressed and so forth.
I don’t want to play that game. I don’t want to get into that kind of analysis. We’ll just take it as it comes. “Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton start the race to November 8 on essentially even ground, with Trump edging Clinton by a scant two points –” You would think that Trump’s had a 20-point lead and it’s down to two points, the way they write this. Trump has come back, depending the poll you look at, to down 12, down seven, down five, and now he’s up two.
And in a Reuters/Ipsos poll: “Trump Catches Up to Clinton — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has pulled into an effective tie with Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.” And, if you take a snapshot of the two candidates, one of them looks towering, one of them looks strong, decisive, and, dare I say, even presidential on occasion, and the other one can’t stop coughing. The other one barely shows up.
RUSH: On the polling news, in addition to CNN where Trump is up two and the Reuters/Ipsos where Trump has pulled even with Hillary, “Focus groups of black voters put together by a Democratic pollster found that Hillary Clinton is underperforming among black voters,” and particularly young black voters.
“The focus groups were organized by Cornell Belcher of Brilliant Corner Research & Strategy. Belcher previously worked as a pollster for the Democratic National Committee. He found that Hillary is underperforming with black voters in the key states of Ohio and Florida and that they didn’t feel compelled to vote for her out of disdain for Donald Trump.”
In other words, their disdain for Trump does not automatically mean they’re gonna vote for Hillary. They don’t like her either. And I’ll get to one reason why. I gotta get started on the audio sound bites. I got a great full roster here, and much of this is explained when we go to the audio sound bites.