The Myth of a Post-Racial America and The Rise of Donald Trump

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Jerry Lambert, left, a Trump supporter, and Asa Khalif, a Black Lives Matter activist, scuffle, after Khalif took Lambert's sign during a protest. Sept. 2, 2016
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A recent Quinnipiac poll puts President Obama's approval rating at 55 percent. The same poll found that 51 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Donald Trump is handling his responsibilities as president-elect.

When President Obama was elected eight years ago, many falsely believed that "post-racial America" had finally arrived. As the 2016 campaign showed, President-elect Trump used race to get elected.

Cornell Belcher is the author of "A Black Man In The White House" and was a lead pollster for the Democratic National Committee under Howard Dean. He was also a member of President Obama’s polling team for both the 2008 and 2012 campaigns, and speaks with Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwillich about the racial politics that divide the country today.