Majority calls Trump’s tweets about minority congresswomen ‘un-American’: poll

A majority of Americans said in a new poll that President Trump’s tweets targeting several minority congresswomen were “un-American,” even as a majority of Republicans support him on the issue.

A USA Today–Ipsos poll released Wednesday found that 59 percent of Americans said that Trump’s tweets urging several Democratic freshmen to “go back” to “crime infested” countries from which they came were un-American. Three of the four women targeted by the president were born in the U.S.

A wider majority, 68 percent, said that Trump’s tweets were offensive.

{mosads}The poll, conducted Monday and Tuesday, found that nearly two-thirds of all Americans, 65 percent, agree that telling a person of color to “go back” to where they came from is racist. A wide partisan split was evident, however: 85 percent of Democrats agree that such an action would be racist, compared to just 45 percent of Republicans.

Republicans, in general, are more likely to suspect accusations of racism to be in bad faith, according to the poll. Seventy percent of GOP respondents told pollsters that such accusations are “usually” made in bad faith, compared to 31 percent of Democrats.

A slim majority of GOP respondents — 52 percent — also said that criticizing the U.S. is un-American, while just 17 percent of Democrats said the same.

The USA Today–Ipsos poll surveyed 1,005 respondents online and has a credibility interval of 3.5 percent for all respondents, 5.6 percent for Democratic respondents and 5.5 percent for Republicans.

Trump saw his support rise among Republicans after the tweets, according to a Reuters–Ipsos poll released late Tuesday

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