Last Updated on November 29, 2023
In a Wednesday op-ed, former President Donald Trump promised America’s youth a better tomorrow, as polls indicate a growing trend towards the Republican over the incumbent, Joe Biden.
Just this month, NBC News released a poll showing the former president mounting support between voters 18-34 with 46% over Biden’s 42%. Biden is dependent upon that vote, as in 2020, he garnered more than 20 percentage points more than Donald Trump for voters under 30.
Trump touted the strength of his economy with incomes up “$6,000, inflation was under 2 percent, and … gasoline down to $1.87 per gallon. House net worth reached an all-time high with the bottom 50 percent of American households seeing a 40 percent increase in their net worth.”
He then pivoted to the Biden economy and how it has been for young Americans:
Young people have borne the heavy costs of the failed Biden agenda: crippling inflation, soaring prices, skyrocketing interest rates, unaffordable housing, and escalating crime. … Real incomes have gone down by $7,400 per family. Gas prices reached as high as $7 a gallon … Cumulative inflation is 18 percent. And mortgage rates are pushing a brutal seven percent—making home ownership out of reach for countless young Americans.
Trump remarked that it would be especially difficult for “young Americans who in previous generations would be looking to start a family,” causing people to delay marriage and having children. He coupled his argument with a CNBC report stating Gen Z and millennials feel it’s too expensive to settle down for marriage.
Trump argues the so-called “Green New Deal” is a large part of the economic woes. These ideological-driven initiatives have driven the “nation in[to] decline” and away from the “American Dream.”
In fact, according to a WSJ/NORC poll, the majority of voters, at 64%, believe the American Dream is out of reach. The poll, released just last Friday, shows a drop of 12 percentage points from 2016 and 17 percentage points from 2012.
The former president made a nod to the national conflicts as a possible “World War II,” Critical Race Theory, transgenderism and politicization in school. He also wrote that this material “has divided our communities and frayed the bonds of national unity.”
Every year, America finds itself in another mental health crisis; Harvard University political scientist Robert D. Putnam argues it stems from the decline in community. Trump, in his op-ed, taps into the psyche of America, bringing to light the belonging hypothesis,” which stresses the basic need for community if an individual, group or nation is to find meaning and positive human motivations.
Additionally, as president, he promises in the op-ed to restore law and order, “stop the Radical Marxist prosecutors,” secure the border, address drug addiction, and “cut federal funding for any school pushing far-left content on children.”
Trump’s piece in Newsweek signals to young and new voters that he may have a better grasp of American issues, as he did not mention “Israel” once or funding for another foreign nation. Rather, he kept to the position he is running for—the President of the United States.