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McMullin Says The GOP Has a Racism Problem. Here Are 5 Stats Showing He’s Wrong.

Evan McMullin, who ran as an alleged conservative third-party candidate with the sole purpose of defeating Donald Trump, is obnoxiously tweeting that the GOP has a racism problem.

McMullin was reacting to Carl Paladino, Trump’s New York campaign co-chair, saying that Michelle Obama needs “to return to being a male and let loose in the outback of Zimbabwe where she lives comfortable in a cave with Maxie, the gorilla.”

There is certainly racism on both sides of the political spectrum, but for McMullin to insinuate that there is a serious problem of racism in the Republican Party is simply false. Here are five statistics that prove McMullin wrong.

1. Democrats are 38 percent less likely to vote for a black House Democratic candidate. This is according to a study conducted by Yale University economist Ebonya Washington, who examined voting data from 1982-2000 among congressional and governors’ races. To be fair, Washington also found that GOP voters were less likely to vote a GOP senatorial candidate who was black, which is certainly not a number Republicans should be proud of, but it’s not as high as the Democrats’ 38 percent number for House candidates–suggesting that racism is more prevalent among the Democrats than the Republicans.

It is true that the numbers are little dated, but the timeframe examined by Washington was after the supposed party switch occurred, undermining the left’s narrative that Democrats and Republicans switched sides after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

2. Democrats were less likely to give money to Hurricane Katrina victims who were minorities. Stanford University professor Richard Iyengar found that Democrats were willing to give $1,500 more to white victims than victims of color. He noted that while Democrats still gave more money to black victims than Republicans, it was the Democrats who put more emphasis on the racial identity of the victims than Republicans.

“Republicans are likely to be more stringent, both in terms of money and time,” Iyengar said, per the Washington Post. “However, their position is ‘principled’ in the sense that it stems from a strong belief in individualism (as opposed to handouts). Thus their responses to the assistance questions are relatively invariant across the different media conditions. Independents and Democrats, on the other hand, are more likely to be affected by racial cues.”

While this occurred in the previous decade, it is still relatively recent and there is no evidence that some sort of massive party switch occurred since then. Again, this would suggest that racism is more of a Democrat problem than a Republican problem, and yet McMullin is somehow singling out racism as a serious GOP problem.

3. The current Congress is the most racially diverse of any Congress, which included gains of minority congressional Republicans. This is based on data from the Pew Research Center, which found that the number of minority House Republicans increased from four in 2001 to 11 in 2015. This was not as big of a gain as 56 minority House Democrats in 2001 to 74 in 2015, but if racism was as serious of a problem in the GOP as McMullin makes it out to be, then there wouldn’t have been increases in minority House Republicans over that period of time.

It’s also worth noting that there are only two blacks currently in the Senate, and one of them is a Republican.

4. Louisiana voters overwhelmingly opposed David Duke’s 2016 Senate run. A University of New Orleans poll in August found that 80 percent of people in Louisiana fundamentally rejected Duke across racial, gender and party lines. Louisiana is a state that has gone Republican in the last five presidential elections–including 2016–meaning that if McMullin is correct, then Duke would see at least a fair amount of support in Louisiana. But the University of New Orleans poll suggests that this is not the case, and hence another blow to McMullin’s claim.

5. The Republican Party supports school choice, as do black people–but Democrats don’t. Polls show that 46 percent of blacks support school choice while 29 percent don’t, and an estimated two-thirds of blacks support charter schools. This makes sense given that school choice is especially beneficial to blacks in the inner cities, and the Republican Party has typically stood for school choice, while the Democrats have not. If the Republican Party were truly racist as McMullin alleges, the reverse would be true.