Trump won with low mi­nor­ity vote

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICAS -

Don­ald Trump won the US pres­i­dency with less sup­port from black and His­panic vot­ers than any pres­i­dent in at least 40 years, and his per­for­mance among Asian-Amer­i­cans was the worst of any win­ning pres­i­den­tial can­di­date since track­ing of that de­mo­graphic be­gan in 1992, a Reuters re­view of polling data shows.

Trump was elected with 8 per­cent of the black vote, 28 per­cent of the His­panic vote and 27 per­cent of the AsianAmer­i­can vote, ac­cord­ing to the Reuters/Ip­sos Elec­tion Day poll.

The num­ber of AsianAmer­i­can vot­ers in the last decade in­creased to 3.9 mil­lion vot­ers in 2012 from more than 2 mil­lion in 2000, ac­cord­ing to the Cen­ter for Amer­i­can Progress and Asian and Pa­cific Is­lan­der Data. The Chi­nese-Amer­i­can com­mu­nity, with a pop­u­la­tion of 4 mil­lion, ac­counts for nearly a quar­ter of the Asian-Amer­i­can pop­u­la­tion in the US, ac­cord­ing to a Pew Re­search re­port in 2013.

Among black vot­ers, Trump’s show­ing was com­pa­ra­ble to the 9 per­cent cap­tured by Ge­orge W. Bush in 2000 and Ron­ald Rea­gan in 1984. But Bush and Rea­gan both did far bet­ter with His­panic vot­ers, cap­tur­ing 35 per­cent and 34 per­cent, re­spec­tively, ac­cord­ing to exit polling data com­piled by the non-par­ti­san Roper Cen­ter for Pub­lic Opin­ion Re­search.

Mean­while, two weeks af­ter Elec­tion Day votes in many states are still be­ing counted, and the tally shows that Hil­lary Clin­ton’s lead in the pop­u­lar vote, with Michi­gan’s 16 elec­toral votes still up for grab, con­tin­ues to grow. Clin­ton’s lead of more than 2 mil­lion votes, ac­cord­ing to the Cook Po­lit­i­cal Re­port, con­tin­ues to in­crease, largely due to an in­flux of ab­sen­tee and pro­vi­sional bal­lots still be­ing counted in Cal­i­for­nia.

As of Wed­nes­day, she has about 64.2 mil­lion votes to Trump’s 62.2 mil­lion; her mar­gin in Cal­i­for­nia alone is more than 3.7 mil­lion. Trump has 290 Elec­toral Col­lege votes to Clin­ton’s 232, with Michi­gan out­stand­ing. Even if Clin­ton wins there she still would trail, 290-248.

Trump told New York Times re­porters Tues­day he would “rather do the pop­u­lar vote” and was “never a fan of the Elec­toral Col­lege un­til now”.

The racial po­lar­iza­tion be­hind Trump’s vic­tory has helped set the stage for ten­sions that have sur­faced re­peat­edly since the elec­tion, in white su­prem­a­cist vic­tory cel­e­bra­tions, in anti-Trump protests and civil rights ral­lies, and in hun­dreds of racist, xeno­pho­bic and anti-Semitic hate crimes doc­u­mented by the South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter (SPLC), which tracks ex­trem­ist move­ments. The SPLC re­ports there were 701 in­ci­dents of “hate­ful ha­rass­ment and in­tim­i­da­tion” be­tween the day fol­low­ing the Nov 8 elec­tion and Nov 16, with a spike in such in­ci­dents in the im­me­di­ate wake of the vote.

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