Georgia GOP Politicos Downplay Polls Showing Minimal Minority Support for Donald Trump

Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix.   Photo: Gage Skidmore
Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix.
Photo: Gage Skidmore
Today, the Washington Post goes into some depth over recent polling that shows presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump isn’t gaining traction among voters of color. The paper’s polling shows 88% of African-Americans have an unfavorable view of Trump, and 87% of Hispanics view the candidate unfavorably. Trump is also under water with whites, although at 55% unfavorable he’s in much better shape there.

Is the polling realistic? Former Gwinnett County Republican Party Chairman Bruce LeVell, who now heads up the National Diversity Coalition for Trump doesn’t think so.

“I respectfully disagree and the reason why is, there was a tremendous amount of people of color attending the rally in Atlanta,” LeVell said, referring to a Wednesday event at which Trump criticized GOP leaders who have criticized his comments in the wake of the Orlando shooting.

LeVell, who is African American, defended Trump’s comments about Judge Gonzolo Curiel, who is presiding over a civil suit against the defunct Trump University, saying that the candidate has a right to protest if he believes that the judge is biased.

LeVell is quoted in the Post story as saying he expects Trump to earn “way above” 25% of Hispanic votes. In 2012, Mitt Romney earned around 27% of the Hispanic vote.

Leonardo Smith, who runs the minority engagement efforts for the Georgia Republican Party hasn’t been shy in his predictions for the race, telling Greg Bluestein of the AJC that Trump could easily get 20% of the black vote, which would be a high water mark of support. And, in support of LeVell’s point, at least anecdotally, Smith released this video of a young Trump supporter that was taken at Wednesday’s rally.

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