It’s easy to watch Donald Trump’s supporters beat up a black man for asserting that his life has value while calling their victim a “monkey” and a “n*gger,” or drag and kick a Latino protester, or beat a homeless Hispanic man with a metal pipe and urinate on him (Trump said these men were “passionate” and “love this country and want this country to be great again), or scream “white power” at a rally, and think “these people are just a teensy bit racist.”
It’s no secret that The Donald is quite popular with white supremacists and racists of all stripes. After all, he’s the guy who wants to build a big, beautiful wall to keep brown people out of the country and give Muslims big, beautiful special badges like Hitler made the Jews wear during their time in fellow Republicans’ big, beautiful concentration camps. And Trump revels in their love. After the “white power” incident, Trump’s campaign explained that white supremacists are “very receptive to our message of ‘making America great again’ because they want to be proud Americans again.”
After The Donald gave a nod to the American neo-Nazi movement by tweeting out racist, fake statistics from a nonexistent research group intended to demonize African-Americans — “statistics” that originated with Trump’s adoring White Power Rangers — his campaign even officially endorsed randomly beating black people at the billionaire Republican presidential candidate’s hate rallies, a viewpoint shared by Trump.
At this point, one would have to be an especially-uneducated racist whose life revolves around one goal: getting anyone with skin darker than a stick of unused classroom chalk out of the country — and a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll proves that this is, indeed, the case. In fact, compared to Trump supporters, other Republicans appear to be the pinnacle of tolerance, acceptance, and understanding. WonkBlog’s Jim Tankersley and Scott Clement explain:
Nearly half of GOP-leaning respondents in the poll — 47 percent — both support the deportation of undocumented immigrants and oppose accepting refugees from Syria and other Mideast conflicts. If a GOP-leaning voter supports deportation, there is a 79 percent chance she or he also opposes Syrian refugees, compared with 54 percent if they oppose deportation.
Trump has captured the support of 51 percent of those overlapping voters, compared with 16 percent among all other Republican voters. Put another way, pro-deportation/anti-refugee voters account for almost three-quarters of Trump’s support. (He’s polling at 32 percent overall in the Post-ABC poll.)
While a large number of Republicans support deportating Hispanic people on big, beautiful slave ships and dumping them in a big, beautiful desert where they will die big, beautiful deaths, and denying Syrian refugees the opportunity to escape ISIS — and every single Republican presidential candidate has shared some degree of bigoted opinion on the topics — the largest percentages of bigots who share these viewpoints for some reason are drawn to someone who keeps a book of Hitler’s speeches at his bedside for light reading.
“Perhaps as important for Trump, his two leading rivals from the so-called establishment wing of the party fare quite poorly with the anti-immigration/refugee group — which, again, appears to comprise nearly halfthe GOP electorate,” Tankersley and Clement write. “Jeb Bush polls at 6 percent with that group. Marco Rubio polls at 5 percent. Ben Carson polls at 19 percent; if Trump could woo all those Carson voters his way, he’d be within shouting difference of an outright majority in the primary field.”
In addition, anti-immigrant Republicans seem to be especially uneducated. While 33 percent of Republicans have a high school degree or less (Democrats, of course, hold a distinct advantage among highly-educated adults), 48 percent of the xenophobic portion of the GOP has a high school or lower education level — and they will absolutely be voting. 44 percent, compared to 36 percent of other Republicans, say they will be following the 2016 election “very closely.” Trump supporters also believe their man is the reich person for the job, with 52 percent of those who want to deport immigrants and turn away refugees saying that the billionaire will be our next president.
There you have it, folks. When you tell your friends that Trump supporters are bigots, you can back your assertions with good, solid numbers.