Changing demographics are driving a lack of empathy

Everyone has an opinion about the administration's practice of separating illegal immigrants from children. In a new CNN poll, when asked, two-thirds of Americans disapprove of Trump's policy. But amongst Republicans, a majority supports it. Why?

It's simple: demographics.

In 2016, Trump won 62% of white men and 52% of white women. But he won no other racial or ethnic group.


I talked demographics when I was on Bill Maher last week in our discussion of the border crisis:


"What drives the lack of empathy that you're referring to is demographics. I think it's concern in certain quarters about their diminishing role in our society. The truth is that American kids- the youngest kids today- don't look like American elders, and by 2045 whites will comprise less than 50% of the population. And I think that a lot of the bad behavior that you're referring to is preying on people's anxiety about those numbers."


So does the data support that sound byte?


One of the co-authors of the study, Professor Rogelio Saenz, Dean of the College of Public Policy and a demographer at the University of Texas at San Antonio, joined me last week on CNN to discuss this issue.