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Can Trump Be a Racial Healer? It’s Already Happening.

The media wonders if Donald Trump’s campaign as a racial healer will work, but they ignore signs he’s out-performing previous Republicans.

Here’s a CNN interview in which Jake Tapper is skeptical that Donald Trump will be a racial healer.

It is interesting that even though liberals mention poverty as a factor in minority concerns, they say nothing about Barack Obama’s abysmal record with the “recovery.”

By promising economic prosperity, Trump is addressing one problem that massively affects blacks and Hispanics.

Indeed, when it comes to Hispanics, Trump’s campaign promises to stop illegals and control the border haven’t hurt him. According to The Hill,

Donald Trump is running nearly even in Hispanic support compared to Republicans’ last two presidential nominees, according to a new poll.

In a two-way race against Hillary Clinton, a Pew Research poll found that 24 percent of Hispanic registered voters support Trump.

Those numbers reflect Hispanic support for the two last Republican presidential nominees, Mitt Romney — who polled at 21 percent — and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — 23 percent — before the 2012 and 2008 elections.

This polling has held steady for over a month. Trump may not be doing better than other Republican presidential candidates yet. But he’s not doing any worse.

Yet the article in The Hill still singles out Trump as having a special problem.

Trump’s low numbers with Hispanics reflect a campaign that on several occasions has irked the voting bloc.

In his inaugural campaign speech in June of last year, Trump said Mexican immigrants are “rapists” who are “bringing crime.” Trump further damaged his rapport with Mexican Americans, by far the largest subgroup within U.S. Hispanics, by promising to build a wall on the southern border.

No, he said illegal immigrants are criminals. Trump said nothing about any other Mexican immigrants.

The article also mentions Trump’s complaint about the judge with the Mexican heritage. An article claiming that Hispanics don’t like Trump uses as an argument that Trump said a Hispanic doesn’t like him.

Bizarre.

But none of this has made him less popular that any recent Republican candidate. So why bring it up?

With African Americans Trump polls worse. As you can see from the video below, for whatever reason, many blacks believe lies about Trump. But even hear Trump is doing better than previous Republican candidates.  According to Breitbart,

Last month’s Pew Research survey found that seven percent of African American voters support Trump, which is two percent more than in the 2012 election. In the 2008 general election, only one percent of African Americans voted for GOP nominee Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and in 2012, only five percent of African Americans voted for GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

Whether Trump can be more of a credible racial healer will depend on if he can get the truth out.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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