Here’s an except from the Reliable Sources newsletter by CNN’s Brian Stelter last night and the email I sent him:
From the newsletter:
New polling about Trump’s racist tweets
Some newsworthy results from this new Fox News poll:
— 63% of Americans say Trump’s racist tweets “crossed the line.”
— 56% say saying “go back” is a racist thing to say to people of color.
— Only 34% say Trump respects racial minorities.
What I wrote to him:
- To:firstname.lastname@example.orgJul 26 at 12:50 PM
- I appreciate your excellent newsletter and know it is difficult to work in an environment where the president of the country lies all the time.
In your coverage of the Fox News poll on Trump’s racist tweets, I think you should have noted that the numbers you cited represent the majority but the views of Republicans were very different.
The poll showed (per the article you linked to):
- 53% of Republicans think the tweets were an acceptable political attack
- 33% of Republicans think the tweets crossed the line
- 21% of Republicans think the language is racist while 45% do not and 30% say it depends.
- 68% (which is lower since apparently more Republicans see that Trump is bigoted) think Trump respects minorities
To me, most Republicans fall in to one of two categories.
- They are
- 1) racists or
- 2) willing to tolerate racism
Other polls have shown that Trump’s support among Republicans is around 90% and very few Republican elected officials pushed back against Trump’s racist remarks.