Poll: Majority says Trump has emboldened racists to speak out

Poll: Majority says Trump has emboldened racists to speak out
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More than half of American voters believe President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE has helped encouraged people with racist beliefs to express them, according to a new survey.

A Quinnipiac University poll published Tuesday found that 54 percent of voters believe Trump “has emboldened people who hold racist beliefs to express those beliefs publicly.”

The results of the survey closely mirror the results from another Quinnipiac University poll published July 3. That poll found that 55 percent of voters believed Trump had encouraged people with racist beliefs to be more open with them.

Seventy-eight percent of Democrats in Tuesday's poll said Trump has emboldened people with racist beliefs, compared to just 25 percent of Republicans who said the same.

Trump has often been accused of racism during his time in politics. He sparked backlash last year when he blamed “both sides” for violence at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., that left one woman dead.

More recently, Trump has been accused of racism for harshly criticizing NFL players who have protested racial injustice, saying that Rep. Maxine Walters (D-Calif.) has a “low IQ” and questioning the intelligence of NBA star LeBron James and CNN’s Don Lemon.

On Tuesday, Trump took heat for the language he used in a tweet against former White House aide Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Onee Manigault NewmanDonald Trump Jr. inks book deal Lawsuit alleges Trump campaign paid women less than men Omarosa praises Kamala Harris's 'historic' campaign MORE, who recently published a tell-all memoir about her time in the administration.