How Trump’s false claim about African American support happened


President Trump recently bragged about his support among African Americans, saying his poll numbers had “doubled.” His claim has been repeated thousands of times on TV and online. Some media figures have treated it as fact.

But it’s not. The news organization responsible for the poll, Reuters, says its data is being misconstrued.

Here’s the story of how it happened — showing how right-wing web sites, Trump supporters on social media, and the president spread misleading information so easily.

This matters because Trump supporters were left with the impression that the president is gaining support from African Americans, an idea that is not backed up by data.

On May 2, The Daily Caller published a story titled “Black Male Approval For Trump Doubles In One Week.” This was…

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