How Many Black Americans Voted For Donald Trump? The Numbers Were Incredibly Low
Now that the election results are finally in there, we know exactly how few black Americans voted for Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate and now president-elect. Black voters overwhelmingly went for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Clinton claimed 88 percent of the black vote, compared to Trump's 8 percent, according to The New York Times.
Throughout the presidential election season, Trump has polled remarkably low among black voters, at times bottoming out at 0 percent support. Despite attempting to garner the support of black voters with campaign stops at black churches in Detroit and Flint, Michigan, as well as in a neighborhood in Miami's Little Haiti, Trump has had a number of stumbles along his way to appeal to black communities, often painting a dire picture of the lives black Americans lead today.
During the first presidential debate, Trump remarked that blacks and Hispanics are "living in hell" and voiced support for stop-and-frisk, a New York Police Department policy that, in 2013, was ruled to be unconstitutional.
On campaign stops and in presidential debates, Trump frequently associated black Americans with "inner cities" despite the fact that the majority of African Americans live in suburbs, according to a Metropolitan Policy Program Fellow at the Brookings Institute's study of 2010 to 2014 American Community Survey numbers.
At a campaign stop in Kenansville, North Carolina, on Sept. 20, Trump claimed that African-American communities are "in the worst shape they've ever been in" going on to say "You've got no education. You've got no jobs. You get shot walking down the street."
Politifact debunked these claims, noting that black American unemployment and poverty rates are lower, with educational attainment and life expectancy higher, than they have been in the past. On top of all that, The Crusader, a Klu Klux Klan newspaper, officially supported Trump for president in late October. Trump's campaign immediately denounced its support.
Trump's past also came back to haunt him as news of a federal lawsuit against Trump Management for housing discrimination was widely disseminated for months ahead of election day. When the Republican nominee was confronted about the lawsuit during the first presidential debate, he responded that they "settled the suit ... with no admission of guilt. It was very easy to do."
Despite his many gaffes, Trump's support among African Americans averaged at 6.4 percent, according to RealClearPolitics. This number is not far off base, considering in 2012, only 6 percent of black voters cast their ballots for Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Historically, Republican nominees for president have never won large numbers of black voters, averaging at about 7 percent since 1964, according to FiveThirtyEight.