As Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump prepare to discuss “America’s Direction, Achieving Prosperity, and Securing America” in the first Presidential Debate of 2016, Millennial entrepreneurship is key to all three topics.
Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump are old. In fact, barring an historic resurgence by Jill Stein or Gary Johnson — worthy of a feature film, the 45th President of the United States will be either the oldest or second oldest person to take office in history.
This fact, places the 2016 candidates far away from me and 69.2 million other eligible Millennial voters; tied with Baby Boomers for the largest in the nation. Clinton and Trump’s disconnect from Millennials goes beyond age. Neither candidate has been particularly good at connecting with Millennial voters.
Clinton has struggled to convert young voters who, overwhelmingly, supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary. Donald Trump’s bigoted statements put him out of touch with Millennial values. His son, Eric’scomparison of Trump to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg demonstrates how far the Trump campaign is from understanding Millennial voters.
32-year-old Eric Trump, a Millennial himself, did get something right; entrepreneurship is at the core of everything Millennial.