A Casual Reminder That Almost 20 Percent of Trump's Supporters Wish the Slaves Hadn't Been Freed


Last week, Jezebel wrote about how a large percentage of South Carolinians who voted for sunken, corroding soufflé Donald Trump supported banning Muslims and/or homosexuals from entering the United States. Chill. What we didn’t write (but still think you should be aware of) is that a bunch of his SC supporters nationwide also heartily condone slavery.

A recent YouGov/Economist poll found that Trump supporters were much more into imprisoning various ethnic groups than supporters of other Republican candidates.

The New York Times reports:

Similarly, YouGov data reveal that a third of Mr. Trump’s (and Mr. Cruz’s) backers believe that Japanese internment during World War II was a good idea, while roughly 10 percent of Mr. Rubio’s and Mr. Kasich’s supporters do. Mr. Trump’s coalition is also more likely to disagree with the desegregation of the military (which was ordered in 1948 by Harry Truman) than other candidates’ supporters are.
Nationally, the YouGov data show a similar trend: Nearly 20 percent of Mr. Trump’s voters disagreed with the freeing of slaves in Southern states after the Civil War. Only 5 percent of Mr. Rubio’s voters share this view.

17 percent of respondents, also, said they weren’t sure whether or not they approved of slaves’ emancipation. They are still just making up their minds!

We cannot fuck Donald Trump out of the race—but even if we could, these people would still live in our country in 2016.

Correction: An earlier version of this article said that 20 percent of Trump’s supporters in South Carolina disagreed with emancipation. The statistic is actually Trump’s supporters nationwide.

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