Thursday, March 16, 2017
WASHINGTON POST -- Researchers from San Francisco State University and the liberal think tank Demos, writing in the Nation, said they did regression analyses comparing voters’ presidential preferences with their reaction to being told that the United States will become a minority-majority nation. The likelihood of supporting Trump increased sharply among those with negative views of racial diversity — but there was no similar effect seen among supporters of John McCain in 2008 or Mitt Romney in 2012. Views on whites’ declining share of the population were a more powerful indicator of Trump support than other factors. This powerful fear of racial diversity explains why King, always a provocateur (he spoke of immigrants with “calves the size of cantaloupes” from drug-running), feels safe being more overtly racist (and why GOP leaders have been timid in response).