GREEN BAY, Wis. — Donald Trump said Monday that the polls are not accurate because some of his supporters do not want to admit to pollsters that they are supporting him.
“There’s an undercurrent that they can’t poll.” Trump said at a Monday night rally here, pointing to his success in the primaries as evidence that not all polls are correct, even though he dominated most polls heading into the GOP primaries. “I mean, this is, I guess, like people don’t want to say that they’re voting for Trump, which is okay. We’ll take it anyway we get it. Do you agree? We will take it anyway we get. But there’s a big, big undercurrent out there.”
The idea that there will be a rush of secret Trump supporters on Election Day is one that has been mentioned before by Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, and many of his supporters.
At the Monday night rally in Green Bay that attracted about 3,000 people, Trump continued to lay out why he thinks that this election is rigged against him. He accused the media of being “an extension of the Clinton campaign” and trying to “poison the minds of the voters” by publishing “false” stories about him that he says are “not even correct.” He said that major donors have too much control, so he pledged to spend at least $100 million of his own money on this race and then, if elected, implement new restrictions on lobbyists.
And Trump said that voter fraud is “very, very common” and includes people voting on behalf of people who have died and undocumented immigrants voting illegally. Trump suggested that President Obama narrowly won North Carolina in 2008 because he received a number of illegal “non-citizen votes.”
Trump was interrupted several times by protesters and his passionate crowd often broke into chants like “CNN sucks!” and “Tell the truth!”
Trump has continued to campaign in Wisconsin, even as Clinton has solidified her lead in the polls. Trump lost Wisconsin’s GOP primary in April to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) who picked up a burst of momentum from the victory. Cruz also won Brown County, home to Green Bay. Trump told the crowd that he has received many phone calls from Wisconsin residents who expect him to win the state and want him to campaign there.
Earlier this month, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) announced that he would no longer defend Trump or campaign with him, following a report by The Washington Post about Trump bragging in 2005 about forcing himself on women sexually because he’s famous. Ahead of the rally, Wisconsin GOP Chairman Brad Courtney told the crowd about how to volunteer for the party and was drowned out by chants of: “Paul Ryan sucks! Paul Ryan sucks!” Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) then took the stage and told the crowd that it’s not fair for voters to be upset that Republicans who hold majorities in the House and Senate but have yet to repeal the Affordable Care Act, fully defund Planned Parenthood and other conservative priorities, saying that those changes can only happen with a Republican in the White House.
They were followed by Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who called Black Lives Matter a “hate group,” repeatedly criticized “Mrs. Bill Clinton” and slammed the “liberal mainstream media” for reporting on a controversial tweet that he recently sent instead of focusing on hacked emails involving Clinton released by WikiLeaks.
Clarke said that he hopes Trump’s supporters are “almost enraged” by Election Day, and he twice repeated the message of his tweet: “It is pitchfork and torches time in America!” Both times, the crowd chanted: “USA! USA! USA!”