President Donald Trump on Sunday completely fabricated a “Fox News poll” that he said showed a record 40 percent support among African Americans.
New Fox Poll shows a “40% Approval Rating by African Americans for President Trump, a record for Republicans.” Thank you, a great honor!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 4, 2018
The president, who has so far told nearly 6,500 false or misleading claims during his 649 days in office according to The Washington Post, was immediately called out by several journalists on Twitter.
Counter-point: This poll does not exist https://t.co/sw8cDhFEmy
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) November 4, 2018
There's no new Fox poll saying this. It's 100% false. Is Trump simply lying or is he so unhinged that he thinks it's true? Here's how far we're fallen as a nation: We hope the president is dishonest instead of deranged. https://t.co/cXYxjmmBzX
— Mark Jacob (@MarkJacob16) November 4, 2018
A Fox News poll released Oct. 17 showed 29 percent approval of the President among all non-white registered voters, and 47 percent overall approval among registered voters.
As the Post’s Aaron Blake pointed out, Trump may have been referring to a daily tracking poll performed by Rasmussen that, according to an Oct. 29 report from the company, showed 40 percent approval for Trump among black voters.
The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake tweeted that the source of the fake poll promoted by Trump came from Fox columnist citing a dubious Rasmussen poll in a recent column.
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) November 4, 2018
“He is referencing a Rasmussen poll,” a Fox News spokesperson later confirmed to TPM.
In August, when the same Rasmussen tracking poll showed that 36 percent of black voters supported the President, Political Science Professor Michael Tesler criticized the finding in the Washington Post, writing: “Polling firms that have interviewed far more African Americans, and that are much more transparent than Rasmussen, all show that Trump’s black approval rating is much lower than 36 percent.”
More reliable polling conducted by Gallup, Ipsos/Reuters, and YouGov/Economist show Trump’s approval rating in that demographic is likely closer to 10 to 15 percent. Quinnipiac puts it around nine percent.
In a bombshell interview with Vanity Fair published on Friday, President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen recounted several racist remarks made by Trump before he was elected.
In the interview, Cohen recounted a discussion at Trump Tower when he told then-candidate Trump that the crowd at his campaign rally was predominately white.
“I told Trump that the rally looked vanilla on television. Trump responded, ‘That’s because black people are too stupid to vote for me,’” Cohen told Vanity Fair.
Cohen recalled another occasion when he once was traveling to Chicago with Trump in the late 2000s, “we drove through what looked like a rougher neighborhood.”
“Trump made a comment to me, saying that only the blacks could live like this,” Cohen recalled in the article, entitled “Michael Cohen says Trump Repeatedly Used Racist Language Before His Presidency.”
Cohen also revealed that when he and Trump once talked about the first season of Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice,” Trump was “explaining his back-and-forth about not picking” Kwame Jackson, a black investment manager as the winner.
“There’s no way I can let this black f-g win,” Trump reportedly said.
Cohen also said that after Nelson Mandela’s death in 2013, Trump called on Cohen to “name one country run by a black person that’s not a shithole.”
He then added, “Name one city.”
Cohen said the comment was remarkably similar to how Trump reportedly referred to Haiti and other African countries as “shithole countries” earlier this year during a meeting with members of Congress.