On the night of Trump’s nomination I got a text from a great friend of mine, who’s in his early twenties, saying, “Well, I’m going to leave the Republican Party.” To that I responded, “You’re not a Leftist, so that makes sense.”
This was a guy who had a Tea Party button in his car at the ripe age of 19, and it wasn’t ’cause it helped him get the ladies. Additionally, he was employed by a Republican congressman, worked on two Republican campaigns, and is now in the military.
He’s not some whiny SJW hopped up on a victimhood mentality. He isn’t one of those I “Feel the Bern,” so give free shit at the taxpayers expense, socialists. Also, like myself, he isn’t someone who has a fairy tale image of what type of candidate we should expect.
We would have supported just about any of the other 17 guys on that stage, with the only exceptions being Trump and, for me, John McCain’s butt-buddy – Lindsey Graham. We may have had to hold our nose on many others, but in the end we probably would have pulled the lever.
Why is this important? Beacuse we’re not the only millennials that are disgusted with Trump. In fact, we’re the textbook example for why conservatives and Republicans can say bye to millennials if we get President Trump.
College Republican groups are fleeing any association with The Donald.
According to the Harvard Crimson, “an ‘overwhelming majority’—80 percent of polled [Harvard Republican] club members—indicated they would not support the party nominee.” In a statement put out by the Harvard Republican club, they expressed “both policy and temperamental concerns” with Trump, and said “his authoritarian tendencies and flirtations with fascism are unparalleled.”
Next, two-thirds of the Rice University chapter of College Republicans voted to have the group not support Trump for the Presidency. I can assure you, this is not an isolated incident in the state of Texas.
Then, we have the vocal and unanimous defiance by New Mexico College Republicans, who have numerous chapters at Universities around the state. They gave a written statement showing their disgust for both Trump and Clinton, and then endorsed Gary Johnson. They’re not alone in this decision, either. Cornell University College Republicans have also endorsed the pothead.
Polling confirms both my personal experience and the above anecdotal cases.
With voters 18-29 years old, Trump is now averaging roughly 20%, compared to Clinton’s 41%. To give you a reference, in 2012 Romney got about 36% of millennials, to Obama’s 60%. Even if we go back to John McCain, who would have been 73 years old at the time (a really hip and cool 73 that is), millennial support for him was still around 32%, compared to Obama’s 66%.
Let’s not forget the conditions under which each these campaigns were operating.
In 2008 John McCain was running against the first black man to gain the Presidential nomination of a major party. Also, he was running in an election that was a reprimand against the Bush administration. Running as a Republican, his measly 32% is likely the lowest he could have possibly attained. All the odds were against him.
This year is the exact opposite. Trump is polling at 20%, in an election that is a reprimand on the failures of the Obama administration, against the most corrupt and out of touch politician to ever grace a Presidential ticket. Trump’s millennial support in this election represents the absolute best he can do.
Yes, I know. Hillary is a retched old hag. She’s corrupt to her core and the defender of a sexual assaulter. I completely understand why so many will vote for Trump to stop Hillary. I’m constantly questioning whether or not the small possibility of a decent justice on the Supreme Court is worth putting my vote behind The Donald.
But in our frantic attempt to stop the damage that will be done by Hillary, we must not disregard both the short and long term dangers of a Trump Presidency.
After four years of Trump’s antics, it’s likely that the Republicans will lose control of both the House and Senate in 2018, and lose the Presidency in 2020. Then, by 2022, millennials will be the largest block of actual voters, making it unlikely that we will recover enough support to have an impact for probably a decade, or more.
Many conservative millennials are already shifting over to the Libertarian Party, voting for Evan McMullin this time around, or drawing a phallic symbol in the write-in spot. They despise the loud-mouthed, alt-right supporting, white nationalist pandering, politically ignorant, and immoral Leftist Donald Trump. We’re losing them, and losing them fast.
Putting The Donald in the White House and defending his antics and leftist policies for four years will only exacerbate this millennial problem. It will only cause greater losses in the years to come.