If Donald Trump is the candidate of angry white men and Hillary Clinton is the candidate of women, Bernie Sanders is the candidate of the young.
Across demographic groups, public opinion polls show a majority of voters under 30 support Sanders.
This is partly because younger Americans live in a more unforgiving world than I did when I was their age, and they have a stronger desire for change.
I think there is another reason. Someone who is 19 or 29 should have a longer time horizon than I do at age 79.
My circle of friends consists mostly of liberal Democrats in my age group. For them, the big question is: What would happen if Donald Trump is elected?
A younger person might ask: What would happen if we have eight more years of war and economic decline? What if things go on as they are now for decades?
I think of global climate change as a problem for a future I probably won’t live to see. Millennials can expect to see California run out of water and Miami sink beneath the waves in their lifetimes.
A Millennial voter would be more concerned than somebody in my generation—I feel silly calling myself a member of the Greatest Generation—about building the long-range future than about winning the next election.
Clinton is a defender of the status quo. Trump is a voice for anger and frustration. Of the three, only Sanders represents hope for the future.
Millennials in Adulthood: Detached from Institutions, Networked With Friends by Pew Research Center.
Why Millennials love Bernie: This is what Trump—and Hillary—don’t understand about how politics has changed by Sophia A. McClennen for Salon.
Like It or Not, the Democratic Party Now Must Answer to Millennials by Aisling O’Donnell for TruthOut.
Please just listen: A view at 22 by BlackBear50 for DailyKos.
Photo via The City and the World.