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Trump's Got a Big Millennial Problem

Millennials, those born between 1981 and 1997, have become the generation the right loves to hate. Only days after the November election, Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway appeared on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” to discuss the outbreak of anti-Trump protests. Rather than take seriously the issues that voters were protesting, Conway chose to use this as an opportunity to denigrate young voters: “We are just treating these adolescents and millennials like precious snowflakes.”

Accusations of being snowflakes, entitled, whiners and slackers have constantly been leveled at our nation’s young adults. They’ve even been described as “the lamest generation.” But the attacks on millennials by those on the right have been especially vicious. Back in 2015 Breitbart ran “7 Reasons Millennials are the Worst Generation.”

The right-wing attacks on millennials aren’t just vicious; they are old and tired. In fact, Trump supporter Bill O’Reilly gets credit for being at the forefront of these assaults. Well before his recent scandal, O’Reilly had trouble attracting the younger demographic to his caustic punditry. His viewers traditionally skew to seniors. Rather than think about why younger viewers didn’t want to tune in to his show, he referred to young viewers who preferred Jon Stewart as “stoned slackers.”