As Hillary Clinton continues her outreach to young voters, she's had some help from Teen Vogue, which published her "seriously inspiring" essay.
Hillary's pandering to millennials is quickly evident and lasts throughout the essay. She begins by highlighting a young woman who put together an anti-bullying program and a Harvard graduate who urged his fellow students to fight inequality. These people "aren't outliers," she said, but rather "part of a rising generation that’s more diverse, open, and connected than ever."
"If you’re reading this, it’s a safe bet that you’re part of that as well. Everywhere I go, smart, driven young people are creating new ways to communicate, starting companies that innovate, and pursuing jobs that have an impact on people’s lives," she said.
She also managed to promote Bill. "A smart former U.S. president—who happens to be my husband—once said there is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. I couldn’t agree more," she said.
That leads to three things she encourages millennials to do:
- "Find something you care about, and fight for it."
- "Learn from those who disagree with you."
- "Vote, and inspire others to vote too."
Hillary especially needs to emphasize that last point. While polls show her doing significantly better than Donald Trump with the youngest demographic, even those kindest to her don't have her where she likely needs to be. Previous polls have shown that Donald Trump enjoys more enthusiastic supporters, which could damage Hillary's chances if her supporters aren't as enthusiastic and don't turn up to the polls.
Hillary admits she hasn't had much youth support so far. "I know many of you didn’t vote for me in the primaries. But no matter who you supported—whether it was me, Senator Bernie Sanders, or another candidate—I’m going to keep working hard to earn your trust. I’m not taking anything for granted," she writes. And it's because the "stakes in this election are higher than ever."
Hillary has help from young women celebrities and Teen Vogue, but the latest USA Today/Rock the Vote poll shows her struggling with young women, just as their previous poll did when Sanders was still in the race.