Katrina Pierson: Pop icon Donald Trump connects with young people, Republicans need to follow suit

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Screen capture and photo … Donald Trump has been a part of pop culture forever, as pointed out by Katrina Pierson … Credits: Getty Images, Fox News

Because Donald Trump came from “pop culture,” the Democrats have a hard time trying to redefine him to the masses in their own terms, according to Katrina Pierson, who was national spokesperson for the 2016 Trump campaign.

Pierson appeared Sunday on Fox News’ “The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton” and she had some instructive points to make that had those on Hilton’s panel nodding their heads as if to say, “Wow, you’re right.”

The segment began as a discussion of the generation gap in politics. A recent New York Times op-ed made the case that it is the “single biggest threat to the Republican party.”

Poll results were referenced showing the wide margins in younger demographic groups favoring Democrats over Republicans. One example was that in 2018, voters under 30 preferred liberal candidates over conservative candidates 67 percent to 32 percent.

“The reason why millennials are gearing toward Democrats is because Republicans aren’t on the same field,” Pierson said. “For so long, it’s not that Republicans are racist or sexist or don’t like young people. They’ve just been absent. They’ve not been involved in pop culture. They’ve not been involved in the areas where young people are. It is that simple.

“We saw that mold broken with who? … Donald Trump–somebody who was from the pop culture, somebody who was already defined by the public.

“In 2016, one of the things we saw the media do, what they love to do, is to tear down Republican candidates,” continued Pierson. “They like to try and define who the candidate is to the masses, but they could not do that with Donald Trump because he was already known, he was a known quantity. When you’re coming from ‘pop-culture world,’ people grow up with you, know who you are, they feel like there’s a connection.”

Are you nodding your head? Yep–she’s right, and just maybe this is one of those “Ah-Ha” moments for a lot of folks.

“That’s why Republicans struggle with millennials,” she continued. “It’s not even as much policies, it’s just that you don’t have that alternative voice saying, ‘Well this sounds good–here’s the reality and here’s what we want to do for you, here’s what we want to promote to help you to have cheaper college tuition, healthcare,’ and really anything. They weren’t there. That’s changing.”

“Social media is something that Donald Trump did very, very well which is why he is still able to bash the mainstream media because he goes straight to Twitter and that’s how he communicates with people,” said Tomi Lahren.

“I think not only by better articulating our platform, as conservatives, as Republicans even going into 2020 as Trump supporters, the best thing we could do is follow Donald Trump’s example and stop talking so much about social issues and start talking about limited government and freedom,” Lahren continued.

“They’re talking about their pocketbooks,” she said about young voters. “They’re talking about the security of this nation. Be focused on those things and young people will listen. We talk night and day about the social issues, you’ve lost a lot of young people.”


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