Donald Trump is dismissing a new poll that shows him lagging behind Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz by 2 points nationally — chalking up the results to media bias.

“I have never done well in the Wall Street Journal poll, I think somebody at the Wall Street Journal doesn’t like me,” Trump said last night during an exclusive MSNBC town hall in Charleston, S.C. “I don’t know, they do these small samples, and I don’t know exactly what it represents.”

The NBC/WSJ poll, released hours before the town hall, gives Cruz 28 percent of the Republican primary voters surveyed, with Trump placing second at 26 percent. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida came in third with 17 percent, followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich at 11 percent, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 10 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 4 percent.

After pooh-poohing the NBC/WSJ poll results, Trump touted a handful of other recent polls indicating he’s running away with Saturday’s South Carolina GOP primary, including a Bloomberg Politics poll that gives the billionaire a 19-point lead over Cruz in the Palmetto State.

“I am really honored by those poll results,” Trump said. “Those are great poll results overall.”

Interviewers and “Morning Joe” co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski also asked Trump to respond to President Obama’s comments earlier this week that he doesn’t think Trump will be elected because he has “a lot of faith in the American people” and because “being president is a serious job — it’s not hosting a talk show, or a reality show.”

Trump fired back, “If I would have run four years ago he wouldn’t be president right now. I don’t think he thinks that at all.” He added that Obama will “go down as one of the worst presidents in the history of this country.”

After suggesting that if more people had been carrying guns in the San Bernardino, Calif., terrorist attack fewer lives would have been lost, Trump said it was “disgraceful” that Apple CEO Tim Cook is opposing a court order to help the FBI hack into the iPhone of one of the shooters.

“We should force them to do it. We should do whatever we have to do,” Trump said. “I guess he wants to be a good liberal and he doesn’t want to give the information.”

Trump also predicted that if he earns the Republican nomination, he will win the presidency by getting “more crossover votes than anybody that has ever run for office.”

“I will have Democrat votes, I will have independent votes, I will do tremendously with crossover,” Trump said. “One other thing, I will have states that nobody ever thought of getting in terms of a Republican.”

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