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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

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Bernie Sanders gives a voice to millennials


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Sanders’ policies are currently energizing young voters | Courtesy of Getty Images

We are the generation that has endorsed the legality of drugs, same-sex marriage and have created a competitive world through social media.

We want jobs, affordable education and security for our future.

The typical millennial is well aware that most politicians are full of hollow words, broken promises and they all have a certain flair for public relations.

The U.S. Census reported last year  that millennials have far exceeded baby boomers. There are now 83.1 million of us, where baby boomers total 75.4 million.

This is why candidates are on the hunt for the highly sought after millennial support in this next presidential campaign.

Forbes.com recognizes the importance of gaining the support of this specific demographic’s attention.

“Win the youth vote, and win the presidency. At least that’s been the case for the last few elections,” Natalie Sportelli of Forbes said.

Aside from sketchy Democratic representatives like Hilary Clinton and the political ploy tank that is Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders uses our concerns as his top priorities in the issues that need to be addressed for America’s success.

He can be seen on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter utilizing social media like a boss. Supporters have even been campaigning cutesy merchandise with slogans such as, “Bern is bae.”

The responses from his social media following have overall improved his relationship with the typical millennial, who otherwise wouldn’t give a damn. But this has not done much in winning over financial support of key candidate funding.

“I don’t (think he will win),” said Brandon Rottinghaus, an associate professor of political science.

“The kind of metrics that we typically look for in terms of quality candidates for the long haul are things like endorsements in lead support, and support among the key coalitions within each party and Hilary Clinton seems to sew up those at this point,” Rottinghaus said.

Even with doubts of his campaign success from many, the progressive era that he holds ideal brings controversy in many concerns of what America is suffering from.

In the most recent democratic debate expressed his disdain for Congress succumbing to Wall Street.

“Congress does not regulate Wall Street. Wall Street regulates Congress,” Sanders said.

It is obvious he doesn’t hold back from making Congress uncomfortable, nor does he shy away from highlighting the negative impact that high capitalism can inflict on big government.

“He will definitely make an important case. He will make the party listen to some of the things that he is talking about,” said Rottinghaus. “There’s no doubt that Hilary Clinton would adopt some of those issues as part of presenting her campaign platform.”

It is obvious that Sanders makes statements that raise eyebrows, but to the millennial, that’s exactly the response they want.

Sanders’ time is progressively taking action on improving the living conditions for future generations of America to progress and don’t just “Feel the Bern” of capitalism.

Opinion columnist Phylicia Sneed is an English senior and may be reached at [email protected]

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