Trump Thanks Kanye for ‘Doubling’ His Black Support

Speaking to a crowd of NRA members in Dallas on Friday, President Donald Trump went off script to thank rapper Kanye West for boosting his approval numbers with African-Americans. “By the way, Kanye West must have some power,” Trump said. “Because you probably saw I doubled my African-American poll numbers. We went from 11 to 22 [percent] in one week. Thank you, Kanye.” The president was apparently referring to Reuters’ weekly tracking poll, which did show that increase in his numbers, but only among black men. In the same period among black women, Trump’s approval ratings had a more modest increase from just 6% to 9.3%.