Will a Bernie Sanders and Cardi B link up get young people to vote?
Cardi B recently posted about her sit down with the Democratic candidate and fave Bernie Sanders. She linked up with Bernie after a few Twitter interactions and asked her followers to give her questions for the candidate before the meeting. The link-up took place at TEN Nail Bar in Detroit and was shot for a campaign video.
The two talked about economic issues like raising the minimum wage and student debt, as well as climate change. Cardi B says the video will educate people about voting, something young people really need.
Sanders told CNN,
“The future of America depends on young people. They are voting in large numbers, but not large enough numbers.”
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Today Cardi B and I finally met. We had a great conversation about the future of America. And let me tell you: Cardi B is right. Together, we’ll get millions of young people involved in the political process and transform this country. Stay tuned for our video coming soon! (At @thetennailbar)
Cardi isn’t new to expressing her love and obsession with politics. She often talks about her love of presidential history. In a GQ interview, she expressed that FDR brought America out of the depression and created the Social Security program for older Americans.
Her comments were supported by current presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. She also tweeted about Sanders’ important record of fighting for human rights.
I been reading about Bernie Sanders and I’m really sad how we let him down in 2016 This man been fighting for equal rights,HUMAN rights for such along time.Seeing this country become a better place been really his passion for a long time not a new front for a campaign.
— Cardi B (@iamcardib) July 16, 2019
Bernie has the right idea. Publicity with celebrities and athletes that are involved and interested in the political process can only help candidates’ chances in elections, and for Sanders’ sake let’s hope this is a good move.
Cardi B is right. If we are really going to make America great we need to strengthen Social Security so that seniors are able to retire with the dignity they deserve. https://t.co/B8cOkoOdLc
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) April 18, 2018
Voting is often unattainable or inconvenient for young people who are often too busy or just not knowledgeable about the process. Demystifying the process by detailing and explaining it in an accessible manner will make young people more likely to vote.
But voting amongst young people is also already on the rise. According to the Pew Research Center, Gen Z, Millennials and Gen X outvoted older generations in 2018 midterms.
Bernie appealed towards college-educated young people because of his no-nonsense message. And he would’ve won too if it hadn’t been for those pesky establishment heads in the DNC.
New York’s 14th district representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez uses a similar strategy except she literally is one of the young people who’s vote is so precious.
She’s been on Desus & Mero, she tweets in an easy to understand and relatable format and she overall just understands how young minds think. She considers young voters’ interests and she doesn’t leave us out of the conversation.
Obama appealed to young voters during his campaigns successfully. Trump successfully targeted younger white conservatives during his campaign.
But how are the other 2020 candidates doing? Many of them have made sure to stop by The Breakfast Club early in their campaigns. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Yang, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, and Bernie, of course, have all stopped by.
If you can change the culture of voting to be more appealing to young voters by addressing them directly, those young voters will change the election.