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Majority of Americans Believe Trump Is a Racist After First Year of His Presidency

Black and Hispanic respondents held particularly negative views of the president.

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President Donald Trump often says he's the "least racist person" anyone could ever meet. The American people disagree.

Most Americans—57 percent—say that Trump is a racist, according to a new poll from the Associated Press. Among racial minority groups, that number is even higher. 

Eight out of 10 black Americans say the president is a racist, and three-quarters of Hispanics agree. Only 47 percent of white people say Trump is racist.

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A deeper dive into the data shows even more bad news for Trump. Asked whether they approve of Trump's "handling of race relations," 59 percent of white people said "no." A whopping 91 percent of African Americans disapprove of his handling of race relations.

This means that even many of the people who aren't willing to say Trump is racist recognize he is doing a bad job navigating racial politics in the United States.

The responses aren't surprising given the president's history. 

This is the same man who praised "some" white supremacist marchers as "very fine people." Trump reportedly referred to Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries." His entrance into the modern political scene featured the promotion of a racist conspiracy theory about the first black president's national origin. And Trump opened his presidential campaign by calling Mexican immigrants "rapists." 

As president, Trump has backed policies that rely on racist stereotypes.

The push for work requirements for people on Medicaid is built on racist stereotypes about people of color. Trump's push for "merit-based immigration" appears to be a thinly veiled attempt to reduce the immigration rate and keep certain types of newcomers out. 

The conclusion that Trump is a racist is almost impossible to deny, and the latest data demonstrates that America is paying attention.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.