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Donald Trump ended his campaign as he began it: railing, without concrete evidence, against the interests he says are out to deceive the American people.
In an interview with “Fox and Friends” on Election Day, the Republican presidential nominee insisted the national polls that show him trailing are intentionally underestimating his support – though as in many cases this election cycle, he did not cite any information to support his claim.
“I do think a lot of the polls are purposefully wrong,” Trump said, claiming that media outlets and pollsters were biased against him.
“I think a lot of the polls are phony,” he added. “I don’t even think they interview people. I think they just put out phony numbers.”
Though the real-estate magnate loved to tout his high poll numbers as he knocked off opponents during the Republican primary, his conspiratorial outlook comes as he has consistently trailed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over the past several months.
The RealClearPolitics average of recent national polls showed Clinton up 3 points over Trump. The New York Times gave him a 14% chance of winning based on recent polling, and The Huffington Post gave him a 1% chance.
In Tuesday’s interview, the real-estate mogul cited the size of his crowds and the “the enthusiasm and the love in those room” as proof of why he will rack up upset wins in states like Michigan before echoing a statement he has repeated all election.
“Something is happening,” Trump said. “Something is really going on.”