Democratic Party pundits and mainstream media outlets have long promoted the narrative that President Donald Trump is pushing a racist agenda.
New exit data, however, suggest that many American voters of color are simply not buying those claims, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
Improvements among Hispanic and Black voters
Citing exit polling from late Tuesday evening, the report showed that the president had significantly improved his standing among Hispanics since 2016 — particularly in crucial battleground states.
Florida saw the biggest swing, with Democratic nominee Joe Biden winning the Hispanic vote by a mere eight points. That lead is a far cry from 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton’s commanding 27-point margin of victory among that voting bloc.
Georgia also saw major gains for Trump, where Biden still carried the group by 25 points — but notably 15 points less than Clinton managed four years ago.
A similar shift was reported in Ohio, where Biden’s margin of victory was cut to 24 points from the 41-point lead Clinton received in the state in 2016.
In addition to gaining ground among Hispanic voters, the president also seems to have seen an increase in approval among Blacks.
“Highly consistent and broad-based”
According to Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow in Sociology at Columbia University Musa al-Gharbi, there is a likely reason for this evolution within minority populations.
“His gains in the polling have been highly consistent and broad-based among Blacks and Hispanics — with male and female voters, the young and the old, educated and uneducated,” al-Gharbi wrote, noting on the eve of Election Day that Trump “is polling about 10 percentage points higher with African Americans than he did in 2016, and 14 percentage points higher with Hispanics.”
Those gains, he argued, might be due to the fact that “many minority voters simply do not view some of his controversial comments and policies as racist.”
In his recent piece, al-Gharbi asserted that, in many cases, “scholars try to test whether something is racist by looking exclusively at whether the rhetoric or proposals they disagree with resonate with whites” without bothering “to test whether they might appeal to minorities, as well.”
That argument certainly seems to mesh with the president’s self-assessment as expressed during an interview last month: “As far as my relationships with all people, I think I have great relationships with all people. I am the least racist person in this room.”