A conservative black activist says the results of a recent poll showing increased support among blacks for Donald Trump is the last thing Democrats wanted to see going into the midterm elections. That activist isn't alone in his assessment.
Rasmussen Reports tweeted last week that the 36-percent approval rating among blacks is nearly double the 19-percent support President Trump got last year – and USA Today calls that "a staggeringly high number" for someone who won only 8 percent of the black vote in November 2016.
Jesse Lee Peterson, founder and president of The Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny (BOND), predicts that "before it's all said and done," that number is going to go even higher.
"...Because black Americans can see President Trump for themselves: they see that he's not afraid, [they see that] if he's attacked, he attacks back," Peterson tells OneNewsNow. "And the fact that so many blacks are working under this president is absolutely having a positive effect on hearts and minds of black Americans."
According to Peterson, this report from Rasmussen is a nightmare for the Democrats.
"This is the last thing that they wanted to happen," he states. "And that's why [I call] the liberal media, the Democratic Party, and the RINO Republicans ... the children of the lie. They've been lying about this president, calling him a racist and this and that, [saying] he hates women, he hates the blacks – because they have nothing to offer.
"... In the past they've been able to win elections by using the word 'racism' and others. They're losing now because they have nothing else to offer their voters."
Peterson isn't the only conservative who sees the poll as a sign of trouble for Democrats. Charlie Kirk, who founded the conservative grassroots campus group Turning Point USA, tweeted:
"@realDonaldTrump is breaking the Democrat party as we know it. Trump's black approval is at 36%, previous GOP election best was 12% in 1996. If I was a Democrat I would be terrified. And it's only going to get worse for them."
The blog site for Fox News commentator Sean Hannity says of the Rasmussen poll:
"The stunning data spells disaster for Democrats just months away from the 2018 midterm election, with the party's base beginning to fracture as the economy roars to life under President Trump and the GOP-controlled Congress."
Other polls have shown a more modest increase in support for Trump among blacks. A poll earlier this month from the NAACP found the president's approval rating among blacks at 21 percent (almost three times his November 2016 support) – and a June survey from Pew Research Center showed an approval rating of 14 percent.