Trump is leader millennials have been waiting for. Even if they don't know it.
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Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump opens new line of impeachment attack for Democrats Bloomberg to spend 0M on anti-Trump ads in battleground states New witness claims first-hand account of Trump's push for Ukraine probes MORE’s historic and unexpected win sent shockwaves through the nation’s liberal bastions. The hysteria and anger was particularly pronounced on college campuses, where students held “cry-ins” and shouted “Not my president!” at massive rallies. Yet, despite the overwhelming outrage, over the next four years Trump could overcome all odds and become the millennial generation’s most beloved president.

Yes, you read that correctly.


Millennials are becoming increasingly critical in U.S. elections. If they all turned out at the polls, they would make up the nation’s largest voting bloc. Since Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhat are Democrats going to do once Donald Trump leaves office? Trump to hold campaign rally in Florida later this month Krystal Ball accuses Democrats of having 'zero moral authority' amid impeachment inquiry MORE’s embarrassing loss, the left-leaning media has attempted to paint a bleak future for the GOP by circulating an Electoral College map initially published by Mic.

The map shows what the Electoral College map would have looked like if only millennials had voted: Clinton would have received 504 Electoral College votes, and Trump only 23 (270 are required to win the presidency). But the media fails to discuss other data that suggests millennials could begin to lean increasingly Republican.

More millennials came out for Trump than expected — he received 37 percent of the youth vote. Clinton only earned 51 percent — a much smaller share of the demographic than President Obama received four years ago.

And significantly more millennials stayed home on voting day in 2016, suggesting that the Democrats’ policies simply weren’t as attractive as they seemed four years ago. Whatever the reason, young people clearly weren’t as motivated to go to the polls and vote Democrat as they were in the past.

This sets the stage for Trump to show the millennial generation how conservative policies will offer them the most opportunities and prosperity. And there are aspects about Trump that will allow him to get through to young Americans in ways that establishment GOPers never could. Trump’s resistance to place a spotlight on social issues — such as abortion and gay marriage — has set him apart from “traditional” Republicans, who are often written off as being out-of-touch by millennials.  

But getting the attention of young Americans is just the beginning. Trump will go beyond just rhetoric, putting in place pro-business policies that will give birth to a strong, robust job market. Millennials have struggled financially over the last eight years, with an unemployment rate of 13 percent — much higher than the national average. And currently, for the first time in the modern era, living with parents edges out other living arrangements for young Americans. Rent, bills, and student loan debt is simply too expensive when good jobs are few and far between.

There are strong indicators that the bleak situation facing young Americans is about to change, and that a Trump presidency will do wonders for the economy. The President Elect has already been making deals with big companies like Ford and Carrier to save U.S. jobs — and he’s not even in office yet.

But the change to come is likely far greater than individual deals with specific corporations. Trump has said he will lower the corporate tax rate to 15 percent, which would make American businesses more competitive and attract jobs back to the country. Currently, the U.S. corporate tax rate of 35 percent is the highest in the industrialized world.

Businesses are already responding positively in anticipation of such pro-growth policies. A new report by the National Federation of Independent Business shows that the largest percentage of small business owners since 2007 — right before Obama took office — reported plans to hire new employees.

Policy aside, Trump’s unique qualities allow him to create a brand for himself that is embraceable to young people. His bold and unconventional communication style may eventually be seen as refreshing to young people, who are weary of politics as usual. The generation has grown tired of politicians reading non-substantive speeches and not delivering on promises; brash honesty and bold action are much needed changes.

Another likely selling point to millennials will be Trump’s commitment to transparency. The President-elect loves tweeting information directly to the American people, instead of passing it through a third party media organization.

Senior officials in the incoming administration have also indicated that they may move the White House press briefing room from the West Wing to another location in order to accommodate more media — including citizen journalists and bloggers. This would be a significant step in making our government more transparent at the highest levels.

Even though millennials don’t yet realize it, Trump is be the leader they have been craving for years. His pro-growth policies will allow them to prosper, while his personal traits will make them feel confident and proud of the U.S. once again. There’s never been a better time to “make America great” for its young people.

Later on in their lives, millennials could very well look back on Trump the way baby boomers look back on Ronald Reagan — with a nostalgic sense of admiration.

Kristin Tate is a conservative columnist and author of the book "Government Gone Wild: How D.C. Politicians Are Taking You For a Ride And What You Can Do About It." She was recently named one of NewsMax's "30 Most Influential Republicans Under 30."

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