Presidential Hopefuls Do Weird Shit To Appeal To Millennials
Pandering is an inevitable part of presidential campaign. When one of the best predictors of presidential race is the question “Who would you rather get a beer with?,” relatability is of the utmost importance. And with 75.3 million millennials above voting age — outnumbering Baby Boomers — nabbing their vote is pretty important. Of course, as most politicians are just playing the likability game, they have some pretty strange ways to appeal to Internet generation. From selfies to hashtags, we’ve rounded up some of the strangest ways the presidential hopefuls of 2016 have tried to appeal to millennials. Hopefully, next election season they’ll just have good policies ¯_(ツ)_/¯
Marco Rubio Pretending To Know About Rap
In an effort to remind voters that he’s under 50 and super hip, Marco Rubio loves to expound on his knowledge of rap. Included in his encyclopedia-esque rap mastery: Eminem is the best, West Coast 4ever, a refusal to name any members of Wu-Tang Clan , and he says that Pitbull makes music with a message. Sure… okay….
Hillary Clinton Wants To Be Beyonce
While all candidates pander to the millennial vote, perhaps the most obvious in her quest for under-30’s in Hillary — even her whole “just Hillary” shtick reeks of #nochill. And, after her recent “I want to be as good a president as Beyoncé is a performer” quote, it’s obvious that she’s after our vote. Although, to be real, if Hillary Clinton was going to be as good a president as Beyoncè is a performer, we’d be pretty confident in the direction of this country.
This is probably the most cliche way to appeal to millennials: start a hashtag! Those young’ins love hashing and tagging on their lil social media websites! Does Jeb Bush know the origin of #NoFilter? Probably not. But now he’s just using as an excuse to be #honest and #relatable when talking about things like hoodies and Sharknado.
Ben Carson’s Rap
A noted lover of Kanye West, Ben Carson even dropped his own fire track. We don’t need sanity in a presidential candidate, just some good rhymes and a fresh beat. Unfortunately, Carson doesn’t actually rap; he just gives a speech while some other guy does the actual rapping. Definitely losing some cred in our opinion.
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