In the wake of President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination victory and the seating of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, enraged Democrats are concerned about one thing: beating the GOP in the midterm elections. To do so, they’ll probably need the help of those younger voters – Millennials – who are historically untrustworthy, especially during non-presidential voting cycles.
On Sunday, pop star Taylor Swift, who is usually silent on all things political, announced her intention to vote for Democrats in a social media post. She also encouraged her massive social media audience (all 112,000,000 Instagram followers) to register to vote. In the days since, voter registrations have spiked. While the Swift-fueled interest is sure to die down, there is no doubting her influence.
But is that kind of thing enough to really help the Democrats come November 6th? The answer would be no. Not even close.
When NBC News reporter Jacob Soboroff went to UC Irvine to find Millennials who will not only vote in the midterm elections but will help Democrats take back Congress, he ran into a bunch of disinterested young adults.
Watch the UC Irvine clip below. (The whole segment on younger voters is here.)
Watch what happened when I asked a bus stop full of CA students if they'd vote in their *key* midterm district.
While Trump's latest fire drill is underway, here's something else to think about: why young Americans don't vote.
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) October 9, 2018
What do they care about? School. Expenses. Their lives. Definitely not what the talking heads on the cable news networks discuss. Are they concerned about the Russa investigation and the Supreme Court? Seemingly, no.
In one exchange toward the end of the clip, a young female student even admits that the minority party simply can’t count on her.
Soboroff: “Are you going to vote?”
Millennial female: “I should. We’re like the most unreliable voter demographic, so I should vote, to – like – increase those numbers, you know…”
Soboroff: “Well, that’s what the Democrats want! But they can’t count on you guys, necessarily.”
Millennial female: “No.”
Remember this is a key midterm district that Democrats desperately need in their fight against Republicans.
Needless to say, this kind of attitude is spread all across college campuses nationwide. A spicy presidential election cycle may draw some of the younger crowd, but a midterm election? It looks like they are tuning out the noise.
And as of right now, these “meh-llenials” will hurt Democrats the most.