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Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, gets several young people to raise their right hands and promise not to do drugs and limited alcohol, during a town hall Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Rothschild, Wis. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

What Trump needs to do to woo young Americans


What Trump needs to do to woo young Americans

WATCH | Trump struggled with millennials at the ballot box. Here's what he can focus on to build their support.

A majority of young voters didn’t support Donald Trump at the ballot box, but he is going to be their next president anyway. In his victory speech, Trump dropped his bombastic rhetoric going with something more conciliatory instead.

I say it is time for us to come together as one united people.
Donald Trump

Donald Trump lost the under 30 vote by 18 points-- 55 percent to 37 percent. And many of the young voters I talked to about the election weren’t happy with either of the major party candidates this cycle. So Trump has work to do if he wants the support of millennials-- the largest generation by size at 75.4 million.


“The first concern for millennials like most Americans is just employment and the economy so I think that that’s a huge starting point for trying to win over any millennial," Justin Dent co-founder and executive director of GenFKD, a group that helps young Americans develop the skills they will need to succeed in a modern job market, told Circa.

Matt Teitelbaum, vice president for the College Democrats of Maryland, agreed, telling Circa that, "millennials want an economic revolution."

President elect Trump is really going to have to come up with a good education policy to persuade millennials that he is in their corner.
Justin Dent


The economy is not just job creation for millennials though, it also encompasses getting affordable education. Something that Bernie Sanders, a Millennial favorite, made a focus of his campaign. 

In this Feb. 23, 2016, photo, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left poses for a selfie with a supporter after a speech in Norfolk, Va. Hillary Clinton is continuing to struggle with a segment of the electorate she will need if she?s to win the White House in November: young voters. Even as Clinton has racked up a commanding lead in the contest, she?s overwhelmingly lost voters between ages 18 and 29 in early-voting states. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Bernie Sanders' campaign priorities attracted young liberals.

No easy fix

But Dent and Teitelbaum don’t think there are easy fixes to the problems that face young Americans.

“All of these policies are so intricate and so related that its really difficult to pull one out and say 'fix it,'" Dent said.

Both think that Trump will need to have a team for communicating with young voters in a way that tells young people what the administration is doing on their behalf--something President Obama did well.

President Barack Obama talks with Jimmy Kimmel in between taping segments of Jimmy Kimmel Live! at the El Capitan Entertainment Center in Los Angeles, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama would do interviews with YouTube celebrities and would make the rounds of late night shows, like Jimmy Kimmel Live.

He does have to talk to Millennials cause I think that's going to be the hardest sell or one of the hardest sells he has to make.
Justin Dent

Whether Trump will be able to convince young Americans that he is fighting for them remains to be seen and his campaign did not respond to a request for comment, but we'll know soon enough based on the moves he makes when he moves into the White House.

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