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Why do most conservative voters of color still back Trump for president?

by The Grio

A recent poll of conservative voters found that Black and brown voters who lean Republican are strongly behind former President Donald Trump as the preferred candidate for the 2024 presidential election.

The findings from the survey conducted by CNN/SSRS are in stark contrast to opinions from critics who say Trump and his former policies are racist – including a majority of Black voters who were surveyed ahead of the 2020 presidential election. 

The poll, which asked respondents to indicate who they’re more likely to support as the Republican nominee for president, found that 56 percent of voters of color preferred Trump over current and potential candidates like Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (27%), former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley (5%) and former Vice President Mike Pence (4%).

“It is really disappointing and disheartening that, even within our community, the overtly racist comments that he’s made, things that he’s done, are not enough to walk away,” Democratic strategist Alencia Johnson told theGrio. 

Johnson said Trump “bolsters up the worst of stereotypes” within the Black community, in particular. 

“I think of what we just dealt with in Georgia with Herschel Walker,” she recalled, referring to Trump installing the former NFL player as the Republican Party candidate for U.S. Senate in the 2022 midterm election.

While the former adviser to the Obama and Biden presidential campaigns said, “we are not a monolith” and supports the fact that the Black community consists of “different political ideology,” Walker, she insisted, was not a good representative of that diversity. 

Johnson and others are not surprised by the poll for various reasons. A core base of the Republican Party are still loyal viewers of Fox News, which she said “will not tell the truth because they are also scared of Donald Trump.”

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