Sean Hannity has almost had as bad of a week as Donald Trump. The notorious Trump-booster was taken to task by both the editor of the The Wall Street Journal and media reporter Brian Stelter. However, Hannity is at it again, this time giving credit to a nonsense theory that suggests the polls are wrong and Trump is going to win in a landslide.
It all began with a post from Joe Hoft (under brother Jim Hoft’s byline) at right-wing blog Gateway Pundit that has used data and meticulous electoral modeling to come up with a new angle on the presidential race. Just kidding, he’s literally just saying that Trump will win the election because he has more social media followers than Hillary Clinton.
Though, tracking the analysis to its source reveals it comes from a now-deleted post on reddit’s “The Donald” section. They point out that Trump has about five million more Facebook “likes,” two million more Twitter followers, more YouTube views, more Instagram followers, and so on.
They also cite a “real study” that “confirmed” 70 percent of Trump’s followers are “real supporters” and that 90 percent “have a voting history.” Amazingly, they don’t link to this study, that is possibly from the “Many People Are Saying Institute.”
“Hillary is proving that she is a terrible candidate. No one likes her and no one trusts her. Based on turnouts at campaign events and on social media, if the election were today… Trump would likely win in a Landslide!” Hoft wrote.
This story was picked up by pro-Trump blog Breitbart, and given voice by Great American© Sean Hannity on his radio show. “He listed off the social media stats for both and said on his website, ‘Don’t let the polls discourage you,'” Mediaite.com reported.
Naturally, this is nonsense. Even if the election has historically low turnout, the losing side will have at least twice the votes of Trump’s total social media support. Of course, Trump supporters have no joy left for them in the polls, even the ones where they completely fudge the numbers to make them better for Trump.
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