Since the beginning of President Donald Trump’s involvement in politics, race has been a centerfold issue. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said in a 2015 speech announcing his bid for the presidency. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Watching just three minutes of Fox News can cause a substantial rightward shift in the average viewer’s political attitude, according to a study by Emory and Stanford University researchers conducted earlier this year. Political scientists Gregory Martin and Ali Yurukoglu found that watching only three minutes of Fox News can make the average democratic voter 1 percent more likely to vote republican. They estimate that if Fox News never existed, John Kerry would’ve been the popular vote winner in the 2004 election, and Barack Obama would’ve captured 60 percent of the popular vote in 2008, as opposed to just 52 percent.
Political analysts closely watched recent gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, thinking it would illustrate an outcome for the next presidential election. In both states, Democrats won.
College campuses are “a shelter for fragile egos,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a September speech at Georgetown University.
The Log Cabin Republicans are a rarity in a political environment often defined by opposition to something, rather than support. It’s a pro-LGBTQ organization aligned solidly with the Republican party. Arguing that opposing equality based on sexual orientation or gender is fundamentally un-Republican, the group has been vocally opposing such issues as President Donald Trump’s transgender ban in the military, or in support of the election of Danica Roem, the first openly transgender woman to be elected to state legislature.
Two-thirds of Republicans support a jeopardized program that helps undocumented immigrants work and go to school in the U.S., but time is running out for Congress to extend the program. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA, shields almost 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from deportation and allows them to work. Recipients, called “Dreamers,” might not be able to do either if Congress doesn’t pass legislation by the time the program expires on expires March 5, 2018.
More African-Americans voted for Trump in 2016 than they have for a Republican in over a decade. The United States is used to black voters voting overwhelmingly for Democrats, and African-American’s are the most partisan racial group in the U.S. Republicans haven’t gotten more than 40 percent of the black vote since 1936, according to data from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.
I. This is ‘Trump Talks.’ Opening remarks from Ivanka Trump ushered in thundering applause last November as her father, Donald Trump, took the podium before tens of thousands to accept his nomination for the 45th President of the United States. Fast-forward 42 weeks: the Trump administration is almost a year old now. What’s shifted in the Trump base since Inauguration Day?