FACT CHECK: Has Donald Trump’s Black Support Quadrupled Or Quintupled Since His Mugshot Was Released?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

In an interview with talk show host Hugh Hewitt, former President Donald Trump claimed his favorability with Black voters went up “four and five times” since his mugshot was released. 

Verdict: False

This claim is inaccurate. There are no polls that shows such a significant increase in favorability since Trump’s mugshot was released.

Fact Check:

Trump was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia on August 24 on charges of plotting to overturn the results of the 2020 election, according to BBC. The Fulton County sheriff described the moment Trump’s mugshot was taken as “heartbreaking,” The Independent reported.

In a recent interview with Hugh Hewitt, conservative broadcaster, Trump made claim about his approval rating with the Black community.

Trump stated, “Since that mugshot was taken, I don’t know if you’ve seen the polls, my polls with the Black community have gone up four and five times.”

This claim is inaccurate. Check Your Fact found multiple polls tracking Trump’s favorability, none of which showed a four or five times increase from Black respondents, though did show some increases in the same category.

Trump’s favorability with Black voters went from 16.6% on August 21 to 22.3% on August 28, according to data from YouGov. Comparatively, President Joe Biden’s favorability with Black voters went from 76.1% on August 21 to 70.1% on August 28. (RELATED: Viral Image Claims To Show Donald Trump’s Mugshot)

Premise conducted an August 21 poll that found that 12% Black voters favored Trump over Biden, which increased to 18% in a September 5 pollAn August 28 poll from Emerson College found that 19% of Black voters would choose Trump over Biden, a decrease from an August 19 poll that found 26% of Black voters favored Trump over Biden. 

Polling firm Echelon Insights found in late July that 13% of Black respondents had a very favorable view of Trump in late July compared to 11% in late August. Finally, pollster Messenger/Harris X found in early July that 22% of Black respondents would vote for Trump over Biden compared to 25% in late August.

A New York Times article from Sept. 6 showed that, while Trump’s favorability hasn’t substantially increased over nonwhites, Democratic support has waned in that same group. Most have expressed concern over Biden’s age and issues like inflation, which have driven voters away towards Republican support, according to the NYT article, citing a Siena poll.

Check Your Fact has reached out to multiple polling firms and the Trump Campaign and will update this piece accordingly if a comment is received from either source.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter