The following is a transcript of the first segment of the Pro America Report.
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All right. But let’s get to something. This is really, I’m really happy about this. I have to tell you, I’m happy about this not because I’m right (although I am right) and not because it’s good (because it’s not good).
I’m happy because I want to explain to you what’s happening, and I think it will dramatically help you understand what they’re doing to us, doing to people in this country. Okay?
So there was a study that was recently released by the folks that… the Association… I’m trying to think of the word — the Association of Pollsters, the people that all do polls across the country. They band together. And they started their own group.
And so they have an association. And let me get the name right for you. But this is all the people that do polls. So any time you hear it’s a poll, I guess you join up with the Association of Polls, American Association for Public Opinion Research.
And they did a report on the 2020 election, presidential election. And they said that the polling was the least accurate in 40 years. And they wanted to try to figure out why. Okay?
And so the reason that… Because, again, the polls were way off, right? It’s hard even to remember what it was like in October of 2020 when everybody said Donald Trump’s going to lose in a landslide.
The predictions were, over and over again, that the Democrats Senate was… that the Senate was going to go to, dramatically, to Democrats. The House was going to go dramatically to the Democrats. And so it was like every poll.
And at the time, some of us were saying, I just don’t get it. It doesn’t feel like what’s happening. But, Oh, there we are. Right?
So we were just sort of stuck listening to it over and over and over again. Turns out, after the election, all the polls were wrong everywhere. And they claim they were right about the national election, Biden winning.
But they really were wrong everywhere, even in the places where if you think there was cheating, it was still closer than they ever expected.
So what happened? Well, they did this study. They did this study and analysis of what happened. And what they’ve come up with is maybe some people didn’t answer. So maybe some people just didn’t answer the polls, like they just didn’t know what they — they either didn’t answer, couldn’t reach them, or they lied, or who knows what else.
Now, I have a couple of theories on this, and basically, they don’t know what happened, right? They don’t know what happened, and they’re kind of flummoxed by it. But I want to tell you what happened.
One, just as the fake news and big tech wanted desperately for Biden to lose, they they had to find facts, keep asking the questions, until they got the answer they wanted. Now, let me be clear. I don’t trust pollsters at all.
I think that most pollsters of political campaigns are people who are hired to give you an answer that you want eventually. Now, there are some that are more honest. I like Rasmussin a little bit, but I just don’t really trust the system, because I don’t know how they can get this kind of science to work, especially in the modern time, especially with cell phones and all these kinds of things. I just think it’s very tough to believe in them.
But more importantly, do you think that the derangement of the Trump haters, which forced our media to become partisan players like we’ve never seen before, which forced our government, whether it’s the state government in New York or they, or the Mueller report or Congress… All these, they became absolutely rabidly, anti-Trump.
And they put aside any kind of meaningful guardrails on their conduct. They were just shameless. Does anybody think that somehow that exempted pollsters, like somehow pollsters are sort of monastic people, and they’re insulated from the norm? No.
In fact, pollsters are very similar to and some of them are actually tucked within academic institutions. But they’re very similar to academics. They think that they’re smarter than everybody else because they have a system and they lecture you on it all the time.
But the pollsters were just as desirous to get rid of Trump. They wanted Trump out. And what they were doing was they were lying to us. And I’m not saying that they sat around and said, Let’s lie. I am saying that they sat around and said, we won’t believe it until it goes where we want it. The numbers.
And they were hoping to do two things. One, they were hoping Trump would lose. They wanted him to lose. But two, what you know is that people want to be on the side of the winners.
So if I tell you over and over again, that Trump’s a loser. Trump’s a loser. Biden’s winning. There’s two things that happen – people start to say, well, I don’t want to be on the losing side. This is true.
This is behavioral science. And so the effect of “Trump is losing, Biden’s winning, Trump is losing” is to affect the race. The fake poles did have an impact. They have to have had. That’s just how it works.
And that’s why the amplification of the fake polls by the fake news and big tech made it so dramatic and so striking, frankly, that Trump still got as many votes as he did. It’s another example of how you hear when you’re told how the election had to go.
You just say to yourself, Man, some of these things are in the wrong direction. We’ve never seen the polls be off by so much. I mean, again, if I told you that the pollsters… because what usually happens is the pollsters are fake until about a month before the election, and then they start to get more honest because they don’t want to get not hired the next time.
And they also want it to be a horse race so that people will pay attention to it. So there’s very few sort of landslides. Even if you remember Romney versus Obama during the last three weeks, they tried to say it was getting closer because they want the horse race and they want to bet on if they’re wrong, they’re only wrong by a little. And they don’t want to be off by much because they want to be hired.
But even the pollsters admit, and this is what you need to know. Let me step back. Let me say it as clearly as I can. The pollsters were misleading Americans in the same way that the fake news was. Meaning that they were cherry picking the data, cherry picking the results to try to influence what was happening because they just hated, just hated Donald Trump.
And the idea of trusting the pollsters again should be foreign to people. That should be off your, it should be foreign. It should be abhorrent to you. You shouldn’t bother. But it’s another example of the power…
And you know what? Nobody’s writing about it. If I didn’t tell you right now, if I didn’t tell you that this was the worst in 40 years in terms of the coverage of the polls and how wrong they were, if I didn’t tell you that, you wouldn’t have known it right? You would not have known it.
And so even the American Association of Public Opinion Research, the pollsters Association, can’t figure it out because in 2016 they claimed they figured it out. Said there was, “oh they underestimated Trump and Trump voters and all that.” It’s not really true. That’s just an excuse. This time they can’t figure it out.
And the reason why? They were wrong in every way. But here’s the problem. They were wrong, like I said about how the House and Senate races? They were so wrong.
They were predicting Democrats winning and Republicans won. And then they were predicting that Trump would lose and he didn’t lose. But then they still had Biden win.
It’s another, by the way, data point for saying, was there something irregular about the election? Because everybody else did so much better than the pollsters. Like every Republican did, plus 10 over the pollsters. And Trump did plus 10 over the posters everywhere except in six counties that swung the election. Think about that.
It’s an extraordinary thing to understand what happened. It’s just unbelievable. All right, that’s what we’ve got today. I think the pollsters, they have more culpability. They may be so lacking in credibility that they may disappear now. It may be not possible for them to sort of emerge ever again. But for now, it is certainly embarrassing for them and problematic.
But again, you won’t see much coverage. You see it blip through and go away. And I would love to see somebody with a serious, serious analysis of what the impact on the public was of rampant statements of something like the polls that were so off.
In other words, what’s the impact? Nobody’s saying that. It has to have an impact. If you pay a million dollars to run a TV ad that says something over and over again, you’re counting on it cutting through in some ways. That’s how it works. Right?
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