This week, The Atlantic had a story about how Millennials may cost Hillary Clinton the election. Yesterday, both NPR and the Wall Street Journal reported she is reaching out to Millennials in an effort to change that trend. Meanwhile, many other news outlets are talking about the fact that younger voters are increasingly supportive of third-party candidates, such as Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.
I, on the other hand, am not surprised Hillary is struggling with this cohort considering her track record on key policy issues, which really clash with Millennials’ views:
Clinton is a hawk who has never seen a foreign intervention or occupation she wouldn’t support. She is an interventionist who believes that the United States can make the world safe for democracy and has duty to intervene overseas. And, as liberal economist Jeffrey Sachs writes in a piece titled “Hillary Is the Candidate of the War Machine,” “Hillary’s connections with the military-industrial complex are also alarming. . . . Hillary is a staunch neocon whose record of favoring American war adventures explains much of our current security danger.” The New York Times concurs.
Hillary Clinton is a drug warrior — and not a very good one at that. Romina Bonilla concludes: “From her criminal justice agenda as First Lady to her foreign policies as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton has proven herself to be one of the greatest drug warriors of our generation.” The New Republic concurs.
Clinton has repeatedly shown her support for the surveillance state to fight terror with little desire for balance or accountability. Her track record on these issues make her no different than many Republicans, which she made very clear during one of the debates when asked about Edward Snowden.
She has a long track record of opposition to marriage equality. As Nick Gillespie reminds us, Hillary supported the “Defense of Marriage Act signed by her husband in the late 1990s, which was an attempt to forestall recognition of gay marriage. In fact, she only embraced marriage equality in 2013, in a conversion that is widely seen as political.”
Last but not least, in sharp contrast with Bernie Sanders (who Millennials loved), Hillary supports every crony program out there. According to Jeffrey Sachs, “there’s no doubt that Hillary is the candidate of Wall Street” and “the candidate of the military-industrial complex.” She is also a big supporter of the Ex-Im Bank — and every other program that redistributes resources from all of us to large companies.
With those views, what’s surprising is that any Democrat would stand behind her.