Donald Trump may have gotten more Hispanic votes than Mitt Romney did four years ago, but a new report shows that, taking into account all U.S. ethnic groups and races, the real estate tycoon was elected with the lowest support from U.S. minorities of any president in at least 40 years.
A Reuters/Ipsos Election Day poll shows that Trump won the White House with just 8 percent of the black vote, 28 percent of the Hispanic electorate and 27 percent of Asian-Americans.
Trump’s support among Asians, according to Reuters, was the lowest of any president since that ethnic group began to be tracked in 1992.
Other recent winning GOP candidates had similar levels of African-American support – both Ronald Reagan in 1984 and George W. Bush in 2000 won 9 percent of that demographic.
Another big change with Trump was a smaller support from Latinos, 34 and 35 percent of whom voted for Reagan and Bush, respectively, according to exit polling data compiled by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research.
Trump’s victory has put the racial polarization of the country into sharp relief.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), there have been 701 incidents of “hateful harassment and intimidation” in 8 days after the election.
"I don’t think there's any question," Mark Potok, senior fellow at the SPLC, told Fox News Latino recently. “There's been a very real spike in hate crimes. We saw a similar spike after [Barack] Obama was elected. It lasted about two weeks.”
American politics has become more racialized with Barack Obama in the White House, Jamila Michener, an assistant professor of government at Cornell University, told Reuters, “but there was an attempt across the board, across the parties, to keep those tensions under the surface.”
Trump’s hardline immigration rhetoric, including proposing to temporarily ban all Muslim migrants, Michener said, “brought those divisions to the fore. It activated people on the right, who felt empowered, and it activated people on the left, who saw it as a threat.”
That has continued to be evident in recent days.
On Saturday, at a conference of the National Policy Institute, an anti-Semitic white supremacist group (or “an independent organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States” according to its website), its president, Richard Spencer, told supporters, “We willed Donald Trump into office – we made this dream our reality.”
Then he ended his speech by saying, “Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory!”
Reuters spoke to a Georgia-based Ku Klux Klan Exalted Cyclops, John Roberts. He said that while the group is committed to non-violent demonstrations, new and bigger conflicts are on the horizon.
“Once Trump officially takes office, there is going to be a boiling over at some point in time,” Roberts said. “Who knows when that’s going to be, but it’s not going to be pretty.”