The racism of Donald Trump and his supporters has been no secret, but it is disturbing to witness the depths to which that racism extends.
A January Economist/YouGov poll that is now gaining some traction found that a horrific 20 percent of Trump supporters believe Abraham Lincoln should have never issued the Emancipation Proclamation to free the slaves.
This number may not be wholly accurate, because the way the question was phrased relates heavily to executive action, which many Trump fans are staunchly against. The poll asked whether you, “approve or disapprove of the executive order which freed all slaves in the states that were in rebellion against the federal government.”
Many of the questions on the survey related to executive orders, so responders may have been triggered into opposing all forms of executive action.
However, this most likely only accounts for a small number of responders; Trump voters are generally open and proud of their racism since he has normalized spouting hateful, offensive comments.
Other disturbing statistics discovered in recent polling of Trump supporters found that 16 percent of Trump’s South Carolina voters would openly admit that they are white supremacists—which is insane. 38 percent of these South Carolinians also thought the South should have won the Civil War.
These numbers are both shocking and not—at this point, it’s well-documented what kind of people support Trump. David Duke (the ex-leader of the KKK) is a major Trump fan, which really demonstrates what kind of base he appeals to.
Banning gay people and Muslims, supporting Japanese internment, and deporting 12 million undocumented immigrants are all things a major faction of Trump’s fans would heartily endorse—it’s no surprise that they see the Emancipation Proclamation as a stain on American history.
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