Donald Trump: “The African Americans Love Me.” The African Americans in SC: “0%”
“I am going to do great with the African Americans…. The African Americans love me.” — Donald Trump, January 24, 2016
In between declarations about how these kinds of people are no good, how those kinds of people are just losers, and how maybe a black visitor to his rally deserved to get roughed up for not sufficiently appreciating his candidacy, Donald Trump has repeatedly indicated that black people are going to flock to him in droves. “The African Americans love me,” Trump croons.
Well, it is a possibility. But now that people are actually casting votes, that possibility in Donald Trump’s mind can be tested against observable reality. On February 10, exit pollers were unable to identify a single Iowa or New Hampshire resident who was both black and voting for Donald Trump. The polls closed last night (February 20) in South Carolina, a state in which 27.3% of the population identifies as black or African American. What did the exit polls there show? According to CNN exit polls, Donald Trump won 33% of the white vote in South Carolina, a greater share than any other candidate. In a stark contrast, CNN’s exit poll couldn’t find evidence of any black voters in South Carolina casting their vote for Donald Trump. The New York Times’ separate exit poll likewise concluded that Donald Trump won the greatest share of white votes in South Carolina. Like the CNN exist poll, New York Times’ exit poll couldn’t find evidence of any black South Carolinians voting for Donald Trump. Instead, the New York Times found that Trump’s support came disproportionately from white evangelicals and white born-again Christians.
In between the chunks of vitriol flying out of his mouth, Donald Trump can keep insisting that “the African Americans love me” — but as Americans actually cast their votes, reality demonstrates the opposite.