Under fire over calling half of Trump’s supporters “a basket of deplorables,” Clinton said she regretted using the word “half,” but New York Times columnist Charles Blow has another perspective: “Donald Trump is a deplorable candidate — to put it charitably — and anyone who helps him advance his racial, religious and ethnic bigotry is part of that bigotry. Period.”
Research conclusively shows that deplorable views are in fact held by a significant number of people who identify as Trump supporters.
• “Nearly half of Trump’s supporters described African Americans as more ‘violent’ than whites. The same proportion described African Americans as more ‘criminal’ than whites, while 40 percent described them as more ‘lazy’ than whites.” (Reuters/Ipsos poll)
• 81 percent of Trump supporters feel resentment towards Black people.
• 59 percent of Trump supporters believe President Barack Obama was born outside of the United States, and only 13 percent believe he is Christian — the majority believe he is Muslim, a religion they don’t hold in high esteem. (Public Policy Polling survey)
• 67 percent of people who identify as Trump supporters do not hold favorable views of Muslim Americans, compared to 35 percent of all voters. (NBC News/SurveyMonkey survey)
• Almost nine out of 10 Trump supporters — 87 percent — agreed with Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the United States.
• Sixty-nine percent of Trump supporters feel “immigrants burden the country.” (Pew Research Center study)
• About 43 percent of people agreed with Trump that a judge should recuse himself from overseeing a case against Trump University because of his Mexican heritage.
• 20 percent of Trump supporters did not approve of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to free all slaves. (YouGov/Economist)
• Nearly 40 percent of Trump voters wish the South had won the Civil War. (Exit polls in South Carolina)
“Few people embrace the ‘racist’ label, so let’s help them,” wrote the Washington Post’s Milbank. “If you are ‘very enthusiastic’ about a candidate who has based his campaign on scapegoating immigrants, Latinos and African Americans, talked of banning Muslims from the country, hesitated to disown the Ku Klux Klan and employed anti-Semitic imagery — well, you might be a racist.”
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank this week cited a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that found 46 percent of Trump supporters say they are “very enthusiastic” about his candidacy.