Poll: 44 percent of voters say Trump responds more fiercely to critics who aren't white

A plurality of voters — 44 percent — say they think President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE responds more fiercely to critics who aren’t white, according to a Hill-HarrisX poll released on Tuesday.

Forty percent of those surveyed said that they think the president treats critics the same, no matter their color. Just 15 percent of respondents said they think the president actually treats critics who aren't white less fiercely.

The results were divided heavily among party lines.

Nearly seven in 10 Democrats — 68 percent — said Trump treats critics of color more fiercely, compared to just 25 percent of Republicans who said the same. Thirty-six percent of those who identified as independents said they think the president treats people of color more fiercely.

Sixty-four percent of Republican voters said they think Trump treats all of his critics, regardless of race, the same. 

The poll comes amid renewed scrutiny on Trump’s rhetoric following two mass shootings over the weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left more than 30 dead.

Shortly before his attack at a local Walmart, the El Paso gunman is believed to have posted an anti-immigrant and racist manifesto online warning of a “Hispanic invasion.”

President Trump sought to distance himself from the ideology espoused by the gunman, even though the president has repeatedly used the term “invasion” when talking about immigration. 

Trump used his national address on Monday to condemn “bigotry, hatred and white supremacy,” marking his strongest condemnation of white supremacy yet.

But Democrats, including several 2020 White House hopefuls, maintain that Trump has repeatedly stoked racial divisions and that his speech doesn’t necessarily absolve him from the inflammatory rhetoric he has long directed at immigrants as well as people of color.

Sen. Corey Booker (D-N.J.) dismissed the president’s speech addressing the shootings as “a bulls--- soup of ineffective words,” according to a message shared by his campaign manager on Twitter.

Other Democrats like former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) said Trump's rhetoric helped lead to the tragedy possible in the first place. 

"This president, who helped create the hatred that made Saturday's tragedy possible, should not come to El Paso," O'Rourke who previously represented El Paso, tweeted on Monday.

In the weeks leading up to the mass shootings, Trump launched a series of attacks against several minority lawmakers.

Trump came under fire last week after he lashed out at House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsHouse to vote next week on bill to create women's history museum The Hill's Morning Report - Icy moments between Trump, Pelosi mark national address Baltimore unveils plaques for courthouse to be named after Elijah Cummings MORE, a powerful black congressman whose committee is currently investigating the administration. The president characterized Cummings’s hometown of Baltimore as a “disgusting” and “rodent infested” city.

The president also recently lashed out at a group of freshman House Democrats known as “the Squad,” including Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech Key House Democrat says Perez must go: 'He doesn't lead on anything' Democrats tear into Trump's speech: It was a 'MAGA rally' MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibWill Bernie have to turn on his bros? Rashida Tlaib detained by police during protest against low wages at Detroit airport Trump, like most presidents, takes credit for American workers' effort MORE (Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJulián Castro endorses Rep. Cuellar's primary opponent in Texas Overnight Energy: Controversial Trump adviser reportedly returning to EPA | Delta aims to be first carbon neutral airline | Dem senator gives EPA D-minus on 'forever chemicals' Intercept Bureau Chief: Culinary Union concerns over "Medicare for All" are faulty MORE and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyTlaib says she held Omar's hand during 'triggering' moments at Trump's State of the Union speech Pressley slams trolls over alopecia comments Pramila Jayapal endorses Democrat Henry Cuellar's primary challenger MORE (Mass.).

The president told the congresswomen — all of whom are women of color — to “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” Those attacks were denounced by Democrats and some Republicans as racist.

The Hill-HarrisX survey was conducted online from August 3-4 among 1,001 registered voters. The sampling margin of error of this poll is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

—Tess Bonn