On the campaign trail nearly four years ago, then-candidate Donald Trump pitched a bold question to America’s black community after eight years of President Barack Obama, asking, “What the hell do you have to lose?”
Well, Americans seem to think that Trump has done the black community right, as race relations are now better than they’ve been in decades.
“Americans are more optimistic about race relations in this country than they have been in several years. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 34% of American Adults rate race relations in America as good or excellent,” according to polling organization Rasmussen.
What was the optimism of race relations that Obama — the first black president in the nation’s history — achieved during his last year in office?
Just 18 percent — half of the latest numbers.
The 34 percent is “up from 25% a year ago and an all-time low of 18% in 2016, Barack Obama’s final year in the White House,” Rasmussen reports.
This comes after record economic numbers by the Trump administration, where over five million jobs have been created, black unemployment has hit historic lows, and black entrepreneurship has skyrocketed.
Additionally, recent polls by Rasmussen show Trump has made significant gains within the black community, as he’s climbed to a 34 percent approval rating with the minority.
This could be devastating for Democratic presidential candidates, as they have long relied on the black vote to secure elections.
According to Real Clear Politics, “Even 20 percent African-American support for Trump would all but dismantle Democratic Party presidential hopes for 2020. Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election with 88 percent of the black vote. That was about a six-point falloff from Barack Obama’s share of the black vote in 2012.”