More than half of American voters say Donald Trump is a racist following his attacks directed at Elijah Cummings and the conditions in Baltimore, Maryland.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday shows 51 per cent of registered voters feel the president is a racist while 45 per cent say he is not.
The poll was conducted July 25-28, which were the days during and immediately after Trump make comments on Twitter calling Baltimore ‘disgusting’ and ‘rodent infested,’ claiming not ‘human being’ would want to live there.
Many Democrats, and even those within the GOP, claimed these were racist sentiments directed at Cummings, who is black, and the city that falls within his district, where the population is more than 60 per cent black.
Half of Americans (51 per cent) say Donald Trump is racist following an escalation in attacks on black lawmaker Elijah Cummings and Baltimore, Maryland, which falls in the district he represents
Trump issued attacks on Baltimore over the weekend, calling it ‘disgusting’ and ‘rodent infested’ and claiming not human being would want to live there. Many claim the attacks on the city – where the population is more than 60 per cent black – were racially motivated
The president also bashed the Oversight chairman for not doing anything help Baltimore improve even though he has been a u.S. representative for the 7th district since 1996.
White voters were only one off from the overall polls findings, with 46 per cent saying he is racist and 50 per cent saying otherwise.
Among black voters who were polled, 80 per cent say Trump is racist, while 55 per cent of Hispanic voters said they felt the same way.
Even though more than half of the 1,306 respondents feel Trump is actually a racist, 10 per cent less feel that Trump’s immigration policies are motivated by ‘racist beliefs.’
Forty-nine per cent of voters say Trump’s policies regarding immigration and border protection are actually motivated by a ‘sincere interest in controlling our borders.’
The Trump administration has focused much of its attention on securing the southern border and upping requirements to claim asylum and gain legal entry. It has also cracked down on illegal immigration.
Cummings in the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, which is actively investigating Trump and his campaign and administration to potentially recommend the House vote on launching an impeachment inquiry
Even though 51 per cent say Trump is racist, in the same poll only 41 per cent said they felt his policies at the border were motivated by ‘racist beliefs.’
Earlier this year Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border, citing influxes in crime, sex trafficking, drug smuggling and illegal immigration for the humanitarian crisis.
He has also faced heat for the conditions migrants are being held in facilities and centers at the border and the desperation for entry that has even caused death.
Last month a father and his 23-month-old daughter drowned when attempting to cross the Rio Grande River to illegally cross into Texas between entry checkpoints.
Fifty-one per cent of respondents in the Tuesday poll said conditions in the centers are ‘inhumane,’ and 68 per cent say it’s a ‘serious problem.’
Claims that Trump is ‘racist’ are also coming from Democratic leadership, like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who slammed the president for his comments toward Cummings and his district.
“We all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership,” she tweeted.
The Trump administration has cracked down on illegal immigration and requirements to claim asylum since he took offie, but 49 per cent of voters say Trump’s policies regarding immigration are actually motivated by a ‘sincere interest in controlling our borders’
Trump has come under fire recently also for his Twitter attacks on a group of four minority congresswomen. Many claim these attacks telling them to ‘go back’ to their countries of origin is also racist. From left to right: Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley
This claims against Trump also reach back to earlier this month, when he attacks a quartet of minority representatives who call themselves ‘the squad.’
He told the freshmen, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley, to ‘go back’ and fix their countries of origin instead of telling America how it should run its politics.
This was highly seen as containing racist sentiments, and the four lawmakers held a press conference where they condemned the comments, called Trump a ‘xenophobe’ and demanded an impeachment inquiry be immediately launched.
Of the four congresswomen, only Omar was born outside of the U.S. She spent her younger years in Somalia and when she was a young teenager fled persecution to America. She became a naturalized U.S. citizen when she was 17.
Ocasio-Cortez is of Puerto Rican descent, Tlaib’s parents are Palestinian and Pressley is African American.
Even though they want impeachment, the Quinnipiac poll finds that 60 per cent of voters still don’t think the president should be impeached – even after former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony last week.