PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A polling expert who promised to "eat a bug" if Donald Trump received more than 240 electoral votes made good on his promise on live TV.
Sam Wang, founder of the Princeton Election Consortium, tweeted Oct. 18 that he would "eat a bug" if the Republican candidate received more than 240 electoral votes in the Nov. 8 election.
Wang was asked about his promise Saturday during an interview with CNN's Michael Smerconish, leading the polling expert to brandish "a can of gourmet-style crickets, from the point of view of a pet."
Wang cautioned that his bug-eating stunt could distract from more important coverage of the incoming Trump administration.
"I think that the eating bug thing is in itself sensationalist and keeps us off of important policy issues, such as Supreme Court appointments," Wang said. "There are things that can happen to bring the country together. I think the bug thing is not one of them. I wanted to point that out."
Despite his reservations, Wang scooped up a cricket with his fork and ate the insect.
"Like John the Baptist in the wilderness, he ate locusts and honey. So I regard myself as being in the wilderness a little. After all, I was wrong," Wang said.
He said the bug tasted "kind of mostly honey-ish, a little nutty."
Wang's assessment of cricket eating was more concise on Twitter: "blech."