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Trump is afraid he'll lose re-election, and he's in a fury over it

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18.06.2019

It's fairly standard stuff for campaigns to project outward confidence, to keep supporters energised. But President Donald Trump and his propagandists often go to extraordinary lengths to create the almost cult-like illusion that he is winning everywhere, possesses total mastery of events, and wields absolute dominance over his foes.

This leads to all manner of absurdities: Trump insists he's taking fearsome actions against enemies he isn't actually taking, blames the media for fabricating polls that accurately depict his deep unpopularity, and even pretends large protests greeting him abroad simply never happened.

Replay

We are now learning that Trump's re-election campaign is cutting ties with several of his pollsters, because word leaked that his internal polling shows his re-election prospects to be far grimmer than the campaign's spin suggests.

But this episode represents more than just a typical campaign shake-up. It reveals in new detail how Trump and his campaign view his political vulnerability right now - while also showcasing how Trump's non-stop falsification of reality places limits on how far he's willing to go in acknowledging that vulnerability.

The tale begins in March, when the Trump campaign conducted an internal poll and found that Trump is trailing Joe Biden in many states he needs to win, sometimes by large margins.

The New York Times reported on that polling last week, adding that Trump instructed his aides to deny that it showed any such thing, and instead to assert that other polling showed........

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