Ever since Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency, he has been unstoppable, both in terms of his rise in popularity as well as offensive rhetoric against minority groups, especially immigrants, Muslims and African Americans.
In spite of his unapologetic racism, he managed rocket upward in the polls — a trend that has surprised many of his critics. But after almost seven months of controversies, Trump-mania just suffered the biggest drop since it took off in July.
The presidential hopeful’s support among Republicans has dropped 12 points in less than a week, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. From 43% on Nov. 22, Trump plummeted to 31 percent on Nov. 27.
So what exactly caused decline of The Donald?
Following the attacks in Paris, Trump suggested all Muslims within the United States should be registered in a special database with ID cards, an idea his critics likened to the mandatory law for Jews in Nazi Germany.
In the wake of the incident, he tweeted an outrageously inaccurate infographic from Crime Statistics Bureau in San Francisco — an organization that doesn’t even exist — to "prove" white people are overwhelmingly killed by blacks (not true).
Instead of apologizing for fabricating information about racial issues in the country, Trump simply said: “I retweeted somebody that was supposedly an expert and it was also a radio show.”
The tipping point, perhaps, came when he shamelessly mocked a New York Times reporter who suffers from a chronic disorder during a rally in South Carolina. Although the disgusting impression was caught on camera, Trump denied the incident, saying he didn’t even know what the journalist looked like while accusing him of “grandstanding” on disability.
Though it’s just one poll that shows voters don’t like him as much as they used to over the past few months, it is definitely a step in the right direction.
Donald Trump is a bigot. And bigots do not deserve to be popular.