During his 2016 campaign for president, Donald Trump lobbied African Americans for their vote, famously asking, “What the hell do you have to lose?”
Three years into his administration, the Center for American Progress (CAP) has found that Trump’s job approval rating among African Americans is just 2 percent.
Officials at CAP notes that the Black-white wage gap is increasing under Trump with African Americans owning about one-tenth of the wealth of white Americans. Trump’s tax bill has exacerbated the wealth gap with tax cuts slanted toward corporations and the wealthy, who are disproportionately white, according to the CAP.
Since Trump took office, Black homeownership has declined and the gap between Black and white homeownership rates have increased to 32 percent.
Further, Trump’s sabotage of the Affordable Care Act has disproportionately hurt African Americans. If the health care law is overturned, it would cause millions of African Americans to lose health care coverage.
Additionally, under Trump, for-profit colleges have taken advantage of students by engaging in deceptive tactics. Seventy percent of African Americans who borrow to attend a for-profit college default on their loans. But Trump’s Department of Education has discontinued investigations into corporations accused of defrauding students and stalled efforts to cancel the debts of students who attended these schools, according to the CAP.
“As President Trump is expected to launch his outreach efforts to Black voters, it’s worth noting that a Quinnipiac poll shows 88 percent of Black voters support impeachment as his policies are making it harder for Black Americans to get ahead.” CAP officials said.
The latest poll also shows that 52 percent of all registered voters and 50 percent of independents support the impeachment inquiry.
In October 2016, then-candidate Trump stated that “too many African-Americans have been left behind” and pledged to them, “whether you vote for me or not, I will be your greatest champion.”
CAP officials noted that Trump has rejected election security legislation and renewed calls for restrictive voter ID laws.
“Black voters are disproportionately disenfranchised by voter ID laws. The Trump administration has continued false claims of voter fraud to interfere in state elections from the federal government,” CAP officials said.
Further, Trump has rolled back federal investigations into police misconduct.
“Trump’s Justice Department has retreated from Obama-era investigations into police agencies across the country that have been criticized for unconstitutional policing practices,” CAP officials stated.