Half Of Americans Say Mr. “I’m The Least Racist Person Ever Seen” Is Racist

Everybody still remembers when in January the U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters in Florida that he is the “least racist person you have ever interviewed,” A new survey, by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, revealed that Americans are nearly 50 by 50 divided over whether President Donald Trump is a racist or not, mostly because they are mad at Trump’s policy of separating children from their immigrant parents, according to a new Quinnipiac University national poll. The poll found that 49 percent believe that Donald Trump is racist, while 47 percent think otherwise. Forty-four percent of white voters felt he is racist, along with 78 percent of African Americans and 58 percent of Latinos. The poll, taken June 27-July 1, gave a 58-39 percent thumbs-down to how Trump is handling immigration policy. By a 60-36 percent margin, those surveyed agreed that separating parents from children is a violation of human rights. “When it comes to separation of immigrant kids from their parents, American voters are clearly appalled,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. Overall, 40 percent of those surveyed approved of the job Trump is doing, with 55 percent disapproving. The debate over Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” immigration policy has resulted in a slight downturn. A Quinnipiac poll in June registered 52-43 percent disapproval.

The results of the poll exposed a noticeable divergence over racist issues the U.S. is facing under the Trump administration. The US President has made divisive comments after a white nationalist rally, reportedly called African nations “s***holes”. The White House did not reacted immediately to a request for comment on the poll’s findings. When asked earlier this year what he thinks about people who think he is racist, Mr. Trump replied, “No, no. I am not a racist.” He also told reporters: “I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you.”  The poll, designed to highlight the views of African-Americans at the end of Black History Month, shows deep pessimism among black Americans about the state of politics and the country.

It finds that more than nine in 10 of black Americans disapprove of how Mr. Trump is handling his job as president. Nine in 10 think the country is headed in the wrong direction, and three-quarters think that direction has worsened in the last year. Just over half of all Americans surveyed in the poll — 51 per cent, including 79 per cent of black people and 44 per cent of white people think African Americans continue to face disadvantages to getting ahead in the US. That’s compared with 22 per cent who think black people actually have advantages and 26 per cent who think race makes no difference in getting ahead. About six in 10 think white people and men have advantages over other groups.  The AP-NORC poll included opinions of 1,337 people between the time span of 15 to 19 February using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based American Speak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the US population. The thing is that Trump might not give a damn to what others, especially the Democrats, think of him as to be or not to be racist, but novice as he is in the field of politics he will soon realize that disapprovals like this should be taken seriously.

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