Black male support for President Donald Trump doubled in the days following Kanye West's Twitter endorsement, according to a recently released Reuters poll.
According to Reuters, only 11 percent of black men supported Trump at the beginning of the week of April 22. By the end of the week, the president's support among that demographic doubled to 22 percent.
Many credit Yeezy's recent endorsement and the rapper's picture sporting a MAGA hat as key factors in the boost. The president himself is among them.
"By the way, Kanye West must have some power, because you probably saw I doubled my African American poll numbers," Trump said at NRA Convention in Dallas on May 4, according to NBC News. "We went from 11 to 22 in one week! Thank you Kanye!"
Trump is speaking at the NRA's convention, and he made sure to thank Kanye for the boost he got in his latest African American approval ratings pic.twitter.com/XFrkdhkkEr— VICE News (@vicenews) May 4, 2018
Prior to Ye's endorsement, most black people were not feeling Trump. According to data collected by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell, only 8 percent of African American voters cast their ballots for Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received 88 percent of black voters support during the election.
“I get along with Kanye,” Trump said on Fox and Friends last week. “Kanye looks and he sees black unemployment at the lowest it’s been in the history of our country … he sees that stuff and he’s smart, and he says, ‘You know what, Trump is doing a much better job than the Democrats did.'”
Time reports the decline in the black unemployment rate is a trend that isn't recent; the publication reports the rate had been on the decline before Obama took office.
Although the president shows his gratitude, Kanye faced extreme criticism for his support of Trump. Many celebrities and commonfolk expressed their disappointment in his choice of political allegiance.