Trump Lashes Out on Twitter During Obama Speech
In 2019, nearly three in four (73%) Americans said they wished President Donald Trump’s speech and behavior were more consistent with past presidents. That includes less than half (46%) of Republicans, compared to 74% of independents and 88% of Democrats. On Wednesday night, former President Barack Obama was critical of his successor in his speech at the 2020 Democratic National Convention. During the address, Trump took to Twitter to express his disapproval of Obama’s message. “Trump’s tweets on Wednesday come as he has attempted to counterprogram the Democratic convention for much of this week, making campaign stops in three potential swing states on Monday and Tuesday while holding a coronavirus briefing earlier Wednesday during which he announced his latest effort to scrap the Iran nuclear deal,” reports Politico.
COVID-19 Rocks Hispanic Communities
Recent PRRI data shows that the coronavirus has disproportionally impacted Hispanic religious communities across the country. Hispanic Catholics make up 7.8% of the U.S. population and is the religious group most likely to live in areas that are highly affected by COVID-19. As of July 26, 2020, counties where Hispanic Catholics live had a median case rate of 1,386 cases per 100,000 residents, the highest among all religious groups. In The Washington Post, Samantha Schmidt and Rebecca Tan tell the stories of pregnant Latina women who are suffering from COVID-19. “Nationwide, Hispanic or Latina mothers make up nearly half of the coronavirus cases among pregnant women, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention collected from Jan. 22 until last week,” reports the Post.
‘White Too Long’ Book Talk with Robert P. Jones
Join The National Center for Civil and Human Rights on September 4, 2020 from 12:00 PM -1:00 PM for a discussion with Robert P. Jones about his new book “White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity.” Drawing on history, public opinion surveys, and personal experience, Jones delivers a provocative examination of the unholy relationship between American Christianity and white supremacy and issues an urgent call for white Christians to reckon with this legacy for the sake of themselves and the nation. You may purchase the book from Amazon here.
Trump to Speak Near Biden’s Hometown Before DNC Speech
PRRI data shows that a slim majority (51%) of Americans hold a favorable view of former Vice President Biden and 45% hold an unfavorable view of him. This is up slightly, but not significantly, from July (48% favorable), and still unchanged since September 2019, when 49% viewed Biden favorably and 45% unfavorably. By comparison, fewer than four in ten (38%) hold favorable views of Trump and 59% view the president unfavorably. Prior to Biden’s Thursday speech in which he will accept the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party, President Trump will speak near Biden’s hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania. Trump will also appear on Fox News shortly before Biden is set to speak.
Religion News Service: Support For Trump is Soft Among Some Christians
A recent piece for Religion News Service by Mark Silk uses PRRI data to note that support for President Trump among some religious groups might not be very strong. “A new survey from PRRI finds that just 38% of white Catholics and 43% of white Mainline Protestants view Trump favorably. That suggests that despite both groups supporting Trump over Biden 59-40, their support for his candidacy is soft,” Silk writes. The author suggests former Vice President Joe Biden reach out to these religious voters. “White Catholics and mainline Protestants constitute 27% of the U.S. population which indicates If I were Biden, I’d focus my religious outreach on them,” Silk notes.