Nobody involved in Donald Trump’s reelection thought the president would win the youth vote in 2020. But they didn’t think it would be this bad. Now the finger pointing has begun. When the data came pouring in after Election Day, campaign aides and Trump allies alike were struck by the president’s poor performance with the 18-to-29-year-old crowd — especially in a cycle with surging youth turnout.
In nearly every Midwestern battleground state that mattered to Trump’s reelection, the president performed worse among young voters than in 2016. Interviews with more than a dozen people involved in Trump’s 2020 operation revealed rifts, acrimony and a system in which no one would take the blame but everyone had a scapegoat — from the president himself, to the campaign to outside groups like Turning Point USA, Charlie Kirk’s conservative campus organizing group.
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Trump aides “described Turning Point’s messaging as too sycophantic to bring in young voters who might align more closely with conservatism but remain apprehensive about Trump himself.” https://t.co/y0UedYNFML
— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) November 27, 2020
As head of Turning Point USA, Charlie and his organization have been subject to a lot of unfair jokes based solely on their brave public passion for diapers.https://t.co/8bCsAT7myS
— Respectable Lawyer (@RespectableLaw) September 21, 2018