Tucker Carlson: Millennials drawn to socialism because 'current system isn't working' for them

Fox News host Tucker CarlsonTucker CarlsonTucker Carlson bashes CNN, claims it's 'more destructive' than QAnon Former Trump officials eye bids for political office Jill Biden picks up where she left off MORE said this week that young Americans are increasingly attracted to socialism because "our current system isn't working" for them when it comes to issues like college debt.
Carlson, who wrote an opinion piece Thursday with fellow Daily Caller co-founder Neil Patel, said student debt is often why millennials and other young adults are financially ill-equipped to buy a home or start a family.
“You may be happy with the state of the U.S. economy, but many young people aren’t,” Carlson and Patel wrote. “The main problem — the reason capitalism is increasingly discredited and socialism increasingly popular — is that for too many young people, our current system isn’t working.”
The commentary comes after poll released earlier this week found that 70 percent of millennials said they are somewhat or extremely like to vote for a socialist candidate.
The survey also found that half of millennials — ages 22 to 38 — and 51 percent of Generation Z, or those age 16 to 22, had a somewhat or very unfavorable view of capitalism.
About 44 million Americans collectively owe more than $1.5 trillion in student loans, according to the Institute for College Access and Success.
"Many of today’s college freshmen can expect to spend their working lives paying interest on loans that, in the end, didn’t help them at all," wrote Carlson and Patel, who co-founded The Daily Caller in 2010. “No wonder so many support Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike House set for tight vote on COVID-19 relief package On The Money: Democrats scramble to save minimum wage hike | Personal incomes rise, inflation stays low after stimulus burst MORE. If this is capitalism, they don’t want any part of it."
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenExclusive: How Obama went to bat for Warren Minimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster Democratic strategists start women-run media consulting firm MORE (D-Mass.) have each made student loan forgiveness a component theme in their respective presidential campaigns.
"We need to move the crushing financial burden of student debt off the shoulders of middle-class families and 22-year-olds and back onto the people who’ve gotten rich from it," Carlson and Patel conclude. "That’s an idea every sensible person can support. And there’s a political payoff for any politician wise enough to adopt it."