The Drudge Report linked to an article by a well-known conservative website on Tuesday that claimed Donald Trump is polling very well with minorities. This led to a lot of liberal sites losing their heads. Michael Tomasky of the Daily Beast wondered why Matt Drudge was “boosting” Donald Trump.
“It’s no wonder. The Drudge site is (gulp) its readers’ most trusted news source, and nearly every day it’s playing a pro-Trump piece high up. As I write this, Tuesday the 29th, the story is ‘New poll shows Trump strong among minorities.’ The link is to a story on World Net Daily, a far-right site whose stock in trade is headlines like ‘Democrats Think Christians Bigger Threat Than Muslims,’ and it’s to a poll commissioned by…World Net Daily!”
But even if the poll appeared to be biased, there are some African-Americans who are lining up behind Trump. Rolling Out recently interviewed two of Trump’s most well-known supporters, Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson.
“He wants to secure our borders to keep America and the American people safe. He wants to bring back our good jobs where people are thriving again and he wants to make America greater and stronger where our country is reverenced again,” was the response when asked why they support Trump.
Supporting Donald Trump is not politically correct in the African-American community, and in the same interview, Hardaway and Richardson describe how they deal with the backlash.
“Our support comes from people of all races in the United States and around the world. Although we know that some people may have a difference of opinion, we know that the more some spew hate the more we have to educate.”
There are a significant number of those in the LGBT community who support Trump. According to the Huffington Post, gay YouTube personality Kyle Kittleson is one of them.
“In a five-minute video, the Los Angeles-based Kittleson said he plans to vote for Trump, who he bizarrely praises as a ‘slightly crazy uncle who’s a little behind the times, but still knows what’s best.'”
“Long before Hillary Clinton supported gay marriage and gay rights, Donald Trump supported equal rights for everybody,” Kittleson says in the video.
There are several gay people who support Kittleson underneath the video in the YouTube comments section.
“I am gay and I support Donald Trump for president. He will make this country great again!! And he can’t be bought. Thank you for this video Kyle!” says commenter “housetrancformer.”
“Thanks Kyle! I’ve been brainwashed by my democratic family! I understand Trump now! Plus, Democrats will probably want SeaWorld to shut down, not on my watch! #Trump2016,” says FancyFlukesPhotography.
While it’s true that nobody can claim overwhelming minority support for Trump based on a few people, a few YouTube videos, and a few commenters, it’s also true that not all minorities vote for Democrats. There are several minority groups who have supported Republicans for years: The National Black Republican Association, the Log Cabin Republicans (LGBT group) and the Republican National Hispanic Assembly represent just a small number of conservative minority groups.
The Democrats overwhelmingly rely on minorities for their success while Republicans overwhelmingly rely on upper-class whites for their success. It will be interesting to see how much both political parties can push their voter bases in the upcoming November election and if, as expected, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton end up as the presidential candidates.
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