The election of Barack Obama was seen as a watershed moment in America’s history. The question of whether could elect a black man president had been answered, and some saw this as proof that America had moved beyond its past stains of slavery, segregation, and other racial injustices. While many debated the meaning of his election, an overwhelming majority of Americans (70 percent) predicted that Obama’s presidency would result in significant improvements in race relations.
But that’s not what happened at all. Polls that showed a majority of Americans believed race relations got worse under Obama. Because of Obama’s divisive presidency, race relations actually reached an all-time low on his watch.
Obama’s record on race relations was so horrible that it seems many have actually tried to blame his failure on Trump. Back in December, a USA Today columnist falsely implied that race relations improved under Obama and have been declining under Trump.
We now have new evidence that shows that Trump’s record on race relations is far superior to Obama’s as a new Gallup survey shows that satisfaction with race relations has increased 14 percent since Trump’s inauguration. America’s satisfaction with race relations went from 22 percent in January 2017 to 36 percent in January 2020, a remarkable jump considering the desperate efforts of Democrats and media to paint President Trump as a racist white nationalist.
There’s still room for improvement, however. National Review notes that satisfaction with race relations “still remains 8 points lower than it was in 2001” and that a majority of Americans are still dissatisfied with race relations, but it’s clear that Trump has been repairing the damage done by Barack Obama.
Americans may be more satisfied with the state of race relations, but Democrat attacks on Trump still have him well underwater with African Americans. According to a Washington Post poll, “more than 8 in 10 black Americans say they believe Trump is a racist and that he has made racism a bigger problem in the country. Nine in 10 disapprove of his job performance overall.” While African Americans may be convinced by the media Trump is a racist, they can’t deny their situation has improved since he took office. Under Trump, African American unemployment is at its lowest rate in history. If Trump can adequately get the message out and convince them that he deserves the credit for this, his support amongst African Americans should increase in 2020, making him that much tougher to beat in November.
Matt Margolis is the author of Trumping Obama: How President Trump Saved Us From Barack Obama’s Legacy and the bestselling book The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama. You can follow Matt on Twitter @MattMargolis