Trump Can Win the Youth Vote (Yes, Really)

The presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump can win over young voters. Yes, that’s right: the supposed bigot, who, according to the mainstream media, hates women and minorities, actually has a shot at capturing the millennial vote.

Democrat nominee Bernie Sanders is currently enjoying rock star status among young Americans. But once the 74-year-old socialist drops out of the race, the massive millennial generation, which could make up the largest voting bloc in November, will largely be up for grabs.

Hillary Clinton would be unwise to assume she will simply inherit all of Sanders’ supporters once he throws in the towel.

Clinton is stiff, lacks any sense of humor or charisma, and reeks of bureaucracy. These factors are especially harmful during an election cycle when outsider status is a resume booster, and distrust in the federal government is at a record high among millennials. Young people will inevitably compare Clinton to Sanders, who wooed them with inspiring rhetoric and an “outsider” persona.

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2 thoughts on “Trump Can Win the Youth Vote (Yes, Really)

  1. Invisible Mikey says:

    I enjoyed reading your column, because I’m long past your age group, and therefore am curious if younger people think differently than when I was that age. I found I can accept and agree with some of your five reasons, and disagree with others. Ill try to keep my reactions brief.

    I can easily see how being secular and an outsider can help Trump with younger voters. Almost every young person feels more out than in, and secular is a growing cultural trend.

    I think not taking oneself too seriously cuts both ways. Some will interpret that to mean he doesn’t take things seriously enough to put effort into addressing problems. The job creator label works the same way. Sure, it’s technically true, but would you want to work in the jobs he has created, most of which are either low-paying and dependent on tips, or temporary manual labor? I wish politicians would talk about “career creators”. Mere “jobs” aren’t enough.

    That leaves us with “cultural icon”. I can’t honestly say whether Millennials overall will see being a reality TV star as a plus or minus. I mean, Honey Boo Boo, the Real Housewives, the Kardashians and the “Duck Dynasty” family are all the same kind of cultural icon. It’s been a plus for him as name recognition goes, but I’m not sure all things that make one famous are of equal value in this context.

    What I’m sure you and would agree on most is the importance of voting itself. The older people get, the greater percentage of them vote regularly. In many cases it’s for understandable reasons like the interference of family and career duties. But if you don’t vote, you are abdicating a key civic responsibility, one people of earlier generations died to grant you. Of all the voting blocs, non-voters are the largest.

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