Trump Thanks Kanye For Rising African-American Poll Numbers

Saagar Enjeti | White House Correspondent

President Donald Trump thanked rap superstar Kanye West for his recent praise and believes it is tied to a rise in his poll numbers with African-Americans.

“Kanye West must have some power because you probably saw, I doubled my African-American poll numbers. We went from 11 to 22 in one week. Thank you, Kanye. Thank you,” he declared at the National Rifle Association Friday, adding “when I saw the number I said there must be a mistake. How can that happen? Even the pollsters thought there must be a mistake. Now we’ve come a long way.”

Trump cited a recent Reuters poll from April 29 which found 22% approval rating for the president. “It should be noted that Reuters only sampled slightly under 200 black males each week and slightly under 3,000 people overall,” The Daily Caller’s Amber Athey noted days earlier. 

The president repeated his oft repeated phrase for African Americans on the 2016 campaign trail saying . “You remember I come to big rooms, big audiences and I would say what do you have to lose? Because the Democrats have always had their vote. What do you have to lose? Horrible in crime, horrible in education, horrible on everything. What do you have to lose? They voted for me and we won. But now the numbers are much higher than they ever were with African-American and we’re happy.”

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