Let's face it, millennials are in a bind. Millennials are facing a multi-front war with reality: We have less opportunity than any previous generation still living, many of us will be eligible for AARP before we reach average living standards, the national student debt is crippling, economic inequality is dividing the U.S., and our nation is in desperate need of some tender love and care.
The U.S. needs an abrupt change in policy in order to save its largest generation from a future of economic and social malaise. Donald Trump is not only the change agent, he's the last, best hope for millennials.
It's understandable why Gen-Y hasn't embraced Trump. Unlike Bernie Sanders who promised the moon and stars, and Hillary Clinton who's labeling herself as the nation's "abuela" and is pandering to us with playlists, the Republican nominee is just offering himself and an ear to listen.
Yes, he can be off-putting at times. He's politically incorrect, his tone is brash and his ego is large. But, like us, he's not bound by business as usual. That's part of the reason why the military industrial complex, the Washington establishment, and hedge fund managers prefer Hillary Clinton.
Unlike previous Republicans, Trump has chosen pragmatism over blind ideology, and that's all to the benefit of millennials.
Trump's economic plan to overhaul regulatory burdens that slow job creation and new small businesses will help millions of aspiring young entrepreneurs.
The Republican nominee's efforts to protect workers over greedy corporations will also help tens of thousands of workers who are seeing their jobs threatened because corporations are abusing the visa system -- Just ask the workers at Disney.
He also has a revolutionary approach to dealing with the student loan crisis, which could seriously improve the lives of young Americans who are struggling under thousands of dollars of debt.
Spearheaded by professor Sam Clovis of Morningside College in Iowa, Trump's approach is to view student loans as a “partnership” between the student, banks, and colleges, instead of students just receiving aid from the government and parental funding. This plan would force administrators to invest in support services to keep students engaged and on track to graduate, rather than soaking them for more money on a five-year plan.
It's not just about economics. Trump's foreign policy promotes peace and prosperity over war and nation-building. Millennials remember growing up during the Iraq War, being repulsed by the endless cycle of spending blood and treasure on a foreign policy we disagreed with.
There's no question that Hillary is a hawk, and a vote for her is a vote for new wars to start and current conflicts to expand.
Rather than spending billions bombing and rebuilding the infrastructure of foreign nations, Trump has vowed to spend billions investing in America. Such infrastructure programs may also help alleviate unemployment among low-wage workers.
Low-skilled workers probably have the most to gain from a Trump presidency. Millennials without a college degree or technical apprenticeship find themselves most vulnerable to automation and mass immigration. The Republican nominee's plan to reduce the volume of unskilled immigrants would lessen the supply of workers and allow for wages to rise according to the market.
Trump has also promised to help fix our monetary policy and audit the Fed, something on the bucket list of hundreds of thousands of millennials who supported Ron Paul in 2008 and 2012.
So yes, I get it. Trump is not the candidate Generation Y wants, but on the issues, he is most definitely the candidate we need.