A word for young people, people of color and, in particular, young people of color:
The Republicans are scared of you.
Maybe you find that hard to believe.
Maybe you wonder how the party can be scared of you — or of anybody — given that it controls all three branches of the federal government and most of the nation’s state houses.
You’re worried about paying your student loans, putting food on the table, getting home without becoming some cop’s mistake, and the GOP is scared of you?
In a word: Yes.
See, the party knows that if everybody votes, it can’t win. That’s simple math. The Republican electorate skews sharply older and white. Polling from The Roper Center at Cornell University says whites went for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016 by 57 percent to 37 percent, while people of color strongly supported her, African-Americans giving her 89 percent of their vote.
Trump also lost big among young voters, but won big among their elders.
This dependence on older whites is a problem for the GOP, given that the United States is fast moving toward a younger, nonwhite majority. The Census Bureau predicts that, well before mid-century, America will be a nation where no racial group enjoys a numerical advantage.