Even before day one in the Oval Office, the word went forth far and wide that President Trump is a racist. Not just your garden-variety racist but a true blue, dyed-in-the-wool, with a capital “R,” racist. Supporters of the president have been brought along for the ride as well: 49% of Democrats believe Trump voters are racist, too.
Fast-forward two years, 196 days, and whattaya know but that the president’s polling with black voters is on the rise.
This comes on the heels of a presidential tweet calling the city of Baltimore a “rat and rodent-infested mess.” Baltimore, MD, has a black population of 63.7%. Thus, the liberal media put two and two together, came up with five and took to calling the president’s remarks racist. Following his controversial tweet, the president pointed out that several other cities with high black populations have similar problems. Oh, and he also mentioned that they are governed by Democrats.
This week Rasmussen conducted a poll of the president’s popularity among blacks, and, lo and behold, it’s gone up. You read that right – his poll numbers among blacks grew all week. In 2018, the president’s highest numbers recorded by the Asbury Park, NJ, polling company hovered in the high 20s, cresting at 29%. On Monday July 29, 2019, he stood at 25%. Then on Tuesday July 30 it jumped to 34%, ending the week at 32%. “Even with the +/-9 margin of error for the smaller sample, it’s a bump that has held up nearly all week,” according to Rasmussen Reports.
The Spin Begins
The president echoed the survey in comments made earlier this week. Despite the figures, CNN’s Daniel Dale wrote an article titled, “Fact check: No, African Americans are not happy with Trump.” However, in the body of the article, Dale asserts:
“Since the controversy over Trump’s comments about Baltimore and [Rep. Elijah] Cummings is too new to be captured by most of the available polling data, we can’t definitively fact-check Trump’s claim about African Americans’ views on these remarks – though it’s worth noting that Trump has a history of inventing non-existent phone calls and making dubious claims about people expressing gratitude to him in private conversations.”
Perhaps CNN authors believe people read the headline and not the story that follows? Since the president has taken office, unemployment for blacks has registered at historic lows. While voters told Rasmussen back in June that the “government could do more” for minorities, Trump’s numbers compare favorably to those of Mr. Obama’s last year in office. That’s when only 13% of polled voters said life for “young black Americans has gotten better since the election of the nation’s first black president.” The report also notes that, “The Trump administration has rolled back race-based Obama-era school discipline policies,” based on the argument that they have led to more lax discipline overall and a rise in school violence. Americans overwhelmingly agree that a student’s racial background should not be a factor in discipline.
Democrats and the corresponding advocacy media can yell “racist” at the top of their lungs, but when administration policies and a booming economy indicate otherwise, it seems people of color are more grounded in the facts than the spin.