Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Trump Won With Lowest Minority Vote In Over 40 Years

A review of polling data shows that Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency with less support from black and Hispanic voters than any president in at least 40 years.

According to the Reuters/Ipsos Election Day poll Trump was elected with 8 percent of the black vote, 28 percent of the Hispanic vote and 27 percent of the Asian-American vote.

Among black voters, his showing was comparable to the 9 percent captured by George W. Bush in 2000 and Ronald Reagan in 1984. But Bush and Reagan both did far better with Hispanic voters, capturing percentages in the mid-30's according to exit polling data compiled by the non-partisan Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.

In addition Trump’s performance among Asian-Americans was the worst of any winning presidential candidate since tracking of that demographic began in 1992.

These findings only provides more proof of the deep racial divide between Democrats and Republicans.

It also gives context to the wave of repulsive racial and bigoted attacks against minorities groups that have flooded America after Donald Trump and the Republicans won the election.

Trump’s racially divisive and polarizing campaign and resulting victory has helped set the stage for tensions that have surfaced repeatedly since the election, in white supremacist victory celebrations, and in hundreds of racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic hate crimes across the country.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which documents extremist movements reports there have been 701 incidents of “hateful harassment and intimidation” between the day following the Nov. 8 election and Nov. 16, with a spike in such incidents in the immediate wake of the vote.

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