Supporters of Donald Trump are overwhelmingly white, but a small but vocal group of minority voters have pledged their support for the Republican candidate.
And some groups are taking their support for the GOP nominee to Twitter using the hashtags #BlacksforTrump and #LatinosforTrump.
— Marco4Trump Ⓜ️ MAGA (@MarcoGutierrez) October 15, 2016
Donald J Trump has the Black vote already! #BlacksForTrump!
— Black Women 4 Trump (@TallahForTrump) October 31, 2016
Throughout his campaign, Trump has been criticized for statements that some have seen as stereotyping of Mexican immigrants and African-Americans. In a speech Trump delivered in Michigan in August, he told African-American voters: “You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?” And this tweet on Cinco de Mayo which sparked enormous backlash from Hispanic communities:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 5, 2016
But some of Trump’s minority supporters don’t seem to care.
Under Obama black unemployment is up, black homeownership is down and race relations are a disaster! #Blacks4Trump
— Adam D. Brown (@aduanebrown) October 25, 2016
Majority folks offended by Blacks For Trump are white democrats. We are no longer slaves for Democrats. #MAGA
— Bea Samuel (@BEAYAHUS) October 12, 2016
— Deplorable Melissa (@sweetatertot2) October 14, 2016
— Brunell Donald-Kyei, (@brunelldonald) September 24, 2016
— CallYouOnYourCrazy (@muchmoresalt) October 25, 2016
Though some minorities are showing fervent support on social media, his overall support from non-whites remains as small as it was for previous GOP candidates.
Here’s how African Americans and Hispanics have voted in recent elections, along with estimates from 2016 based on recent polls: