September 30, 2016

Clinton’s Millennial Woes Continue

Hillary Clinton’s struggles with the Bernie Sanders crowd shows no sign of improvement. Even though Clinton rallied with the Socialist Senator this week, reporters are still chronicling her struggles with millennials. It certainly won’t help Clinton’s case with those voters that her own daughter reacted this morning with revulsion when CNN’s Dana Bash called her a millennial:

Clinton’s struggles with Sanders voters are compounded by the presence of third party candidates on the ballot. The Associated Press reported on the surge of Sanders supporters flocking to third party candidates because of Clinton’s history:

“Payton Smith, a 21-year-old business major, had backed Sanders even though he disagreed with some of the Vermont senator’s proposals. ‘It was something different,’ he said. Now he’s shifted to Johnson. ‘I’d rather put my name behind someone who’s not a liar or a thug.'”

Johnson is not the only third party candidate benefiting from Clinton’s historic untrustworthy numbers. Sanders voters have even shown a preference for Harambe-enthusiast Jill Stein over Clinton:

“At the Innisfree poetry bookshop and coffee house, a Sanders sign and an etching of the senator still hang in the window. On the patio, Dani Ballard, 21, and Cal Hoffman, 22, pondered their options. They’ll probably vote for Stein and can’t bring themselves to support Clinton. ‘I just feel like she’s untrustworthy,’ Ballard said.”

Clinton’s message is also not resonating with “big Bernie supporters” in the pages of Glamour. When Clinton was asked about her “motives for wanting [the presidency]” her answer failed to impress:

“ANDREWS REACTS: ‘I wish her response didn’t include her past résumé—I know about all her great work for children. I wanted to hear more about why in this present moment she wants this job so badly.'”

The Obama coalition was built on the enthusiasm of young voters. Clinton’s inability to recreate that enthusiasm has to be worrying to both Clinton and those down ballot candidates who have seen their prospects of victory decrease.