Donald Trump Declares All Negative Polls 'Fake News'

Today in the Dumpster Fire Daily morning round-up, we have the POTUS declaring any poll that doesn't flatter him "fake news."

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Though the "fake news" label briefly held some actual power, we lost it long ago to shit like this: Donald Trump, in an early morning series of tweets on Monday, said any polls suggesting unfavorability toward his administration are—you guessed it—"fake news."

According to Trump, any poll he doesn't like would now qualify as "fake news." Specifically, Trump referenced people's alleged desire for "border security and extreme vetting."

Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017

Polls, however, tell a different story. They are also not fake:

6:31am on @CNN's @NewDay: @DavidChalian showed CNN/ORC's latest poll #'s about opposition to Trump's travel ban. 7:01am: Trump tweeted this

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 6, 2017

I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017

Moments later, Trump again used the "fake news" accusation against the increasingly popular theory that chief strategist Stephen Bannon is actually the one pulling the strings in the White House:

This MJoe segment on Bannon (6:09 a.m.) may have been what set off Trump's “I call my own shots” tweet (7:07 a.m.)

— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 6, 2017

Hmmm. Watching a lot of TV, aren't we?

Early morning tweets aside, Trump's Muslim ban isn't even popular with U.S. security experts. A brief obtained byNBC News, penned jointly by ten former diplomats and security officials, argues the ban actually risks making America less safe. "This order cannot be justified on national security or foreign policy grounds," the affidavit, expected to be filed in a federal appeals court Monday, states. "It does not perform its declared task of 'protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.'"

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