Asbury Park, NJ – A recent national survey found that a third of Democrats believe it is racist for a white politician to criticize the political views of a politician of color.
Survey results also indicated that 47 percent of likely voters in the U.S. think that President Donald Trump is racist, but that 49 percent believe he has been accused of racism by his political opponents for their own political gain, according to Rasmussen Reports.
Rasmussen Reports gathered the feedback from 1,000 likely voters through telephone and online three-question surveys conducted on Monday and Tuesday.
The results were released on Wednesday.
“The partisan division of opinion couldn’t be any clearer,” the analysis concluded, according to the Washington Examiner. “While 80% of Democrats believe the president is a racist, 85% of Republicans think the racism charges by his opponents are politically motivated. Voters not affiliated with either major party are evenly divided on the question.”
“Thirty-two percent of Democrats, however, say it’s racist for any white politician to criticize the political views of a politician of color,” the analysis noted. “That’s a view shared by just 16% of both GOP and unaffiliated voters.”
On Wednesday, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson defended the President against allegations that he is a racist, The Hill reported.
“I have an advantage of knowing the President very well, and he’s not a racist,” said Carson, who is the only black cabinet secretary in President Trump’s administration. "His comments are not racist, but he loves the country very much. And he has a feeling that those who represent the country should love it as well."
Carson noted that President Trump’s policies have led to “record low” levels of unemployment “for blacks, for Hispanics, for all the demographics of our nation.”
"When you have somebody spending this much time and this much effort trying to elevate those who are vulnerable and who are suffering in our society, I think we should pay a lot more attention to what they are doing than what anyone is saying," Carson added.