Trump’s pop­u­lar­ity dives

Poll: 57% of na­tion’s young adults see his pres­i­dency as il­le­git­i­mate

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Most young Amer­i­cans do not see Don­ald Trump as a le­git­i­mate leader, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey.

WASH­ING­TON: Jer­maine An­der­son keeps go­ing back to the same mem­ory of Don­ald Trump, then a can­di­date for pres­i­dent of the United States, re­fer­ring to some Mex­i­can im­mi­grants as rapists and mur­der­ers.

“You can’t be say­ing that (if ) you’re the pres­i­dent,” says An­der­son, a 21­year­old stu­dent from Co­conut Creek, Florida.

That Trump is un­de­ni­ably the na­tion’s 45th pres­i­dent doesn’t sit eas­ily with young Amer­i­cans like An­der­son, who are the na­tion’s in­creas­ingly di­verse elec­torate of the fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to a new poll.

A ma­jor­ity of young adults – 57% – see Trump’s pres­i­dency as il­le­git­i­mate, in­clud­ing about three­quar­ters of blacks and large ma­jori­ties of Lati­nos and Asians, the GenFor­ward poll found.

GenFor­ward is a poll of adults age 18 to 30 con­ducted by the Black Youth Project at the Univer­sity of Chicago with The As­so­ci­ated PressNORC Cen­ter for Pub­lic Af­fairs Re­search.

A slim ma­jor­ity of young whites in the poll, 53%, con­sider Trump a le­git­i­mate pres­i­dent, but even among that group 55% dis­ap­prove of the job he’s do­ing, ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey.

“That’s who we voted for. And ob­vi­ously Amer­ica wanted him more than Hil­lary Clin­ton,” said Re­becca Gal­lardo, a 30­year­old nurs­ing stu­dent from Kansas City, Mis­souri, who voted for Trump.

Trump’s le­git­i­macy as pres­i­dent was ques­tioned ear­lier this year Demo­cratic Ge­or­gia Rep John Lewis: “I think the Rus­sians par­tic­i­pated in help­ing this man get elect­ ed. And they helped de­stroy the can­di­dacy of Hil­lary Clin­ton.”

Trump rou­tinely de­nies that and says he cap­tured the pres­i­dency in large part by win­ning states such as Michi­gan and Wis­con­sin that Clin­ton may have taken for granted.

Over­all, just 22% of young adults ap­prove of the job he is do­ing as pres­i­dent, while 62% dis­ap­prove.

Trump’s rhetoric as a can­di­date and his pres­i­den­tial de­ci­sions have done much to keep the ques­tion of who be­longs in Amer­ica atop the news, though he’s strug­gling to ac­com­plish some key goals.

Pow­ered by sup­port­ers chant­ing “build the wall,” Trump has vowed to erect a bar­rier along the south­ern US bor­der and make Mex­ico pay for it – which Mex­ico re­fuses to do.

Trump said in his cam­paign an­nounce­ment speech on June 6, 2015: “When Mex­ico sends its peo­ple, they’re not send­ing their best... They’re bring­ing drugs. They’re bring­ing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I as­sume, are good peo­ple.”

It’s ex­tra­or­di­nary rhetoric for the leader of a coun­try where, by around 2020, half of the na­tion’s chil­dren will be part of a mi­nor­ity race or eth­nic group, the Cen­sus Bureau projects. Non­His­panic whites are ex­pected to be a mi­nor­ity by 2044.

Of all of Trump’s tweets and rhetoric, the state­ments about Mex­i­cans are the ones to which An­der­son re­turns.

“He’s say­ing most of the peo­ple in the world who are rap­ing and killing peo­ple are the im­mi­grants. That’s not true,” he says. — AP

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