Donald Trump has boosted his popularity among black male voters and LGBT Americans, according to new research. The New York Times says the percentage of black men voting for Trump rose from 13% in the 2016 presidential election to 18% in this year’s run-off against Joe Biden.
Meanwhile, the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans who opted for President Trump over Joe Biden rose from 3.5% to 7%. Trump has long touted himself as a friend to the African-American community, and boasted of helping achieve record employment for black people prior to the coronavirus outbreak.
But opponents accused Trump of further inflaming tensions during Black Lives Matter protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death over the summer. He was also condemned for saying ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’ – a phrase most famously uttered by racist ex-Miami police chief Walter Headley in 1967.
Trump has also touted himself as a friend to LGBT Americans, and says only he can protect them from hate-filled ideologies he claims the rival Democrat party wants to welcome into the US.
The president appointed Richard Grenell his acting chief of national intelligence, making Grenell the most senior gay person to have ever held office in the United States.
President Trump has also tweeted in support of LGBT pride month, with First Lady Melania highlighting his support of the minority community during the election campaign.
Trump faced accusations of homophobia and transphobia for banning transgender people from serving in the US military, and for trying to undo anti-discrimination employment laws aimed at protecting LGBT people.
He is currently trailing Joe Biden in the race for the White House. Trump has 213 electoral college votes, while Biden has 238, with 270 needed to win.
But vital swing states that could decide the race for either man – including Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina and Georgia – are still being counted.
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