At WPOST by
As the reality of President-elect Donald Trump settled in very early
Wednesday morning, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes summed up an explanation common
to many on the left: The Republican nominee pulled ahead thanks to old-fashioned American racism.
But the attempt to make Trump’s victory about racism appears to be at odds with what actually happened on Election Day. Consider the following facts.
Twenty-nine percent of Latinos voted for Trump,
per exit polls. Remarkably, despite the near-ubiquitous narrative that
Trump would have deep problems with this demographic given his comments
and position on immigration, this was a higher percentage of those who
voted for GOP nominee Mitt Romney in 2012. Meanwhile, African Americans did not turn out to vote against Trump. In fact, Trump received a higher percentage of African American votes than Romney did.