While former President Donald Trump reportedly has designs on running for a second term in 2024, if he’s counting on younger voters to support him, he’s likely to be disappointed.
At a youth summit held in Houston over the weekend and sponsored by Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), many of the attendees said Trump is “too old” to be head of state again, with some suggesting that Crenshaw would be a better choice to lead the party, according to The Washington Post:
With more than a million Twitter followers, Crenshaw has been described by his fans as an antidote to “the Squad” — the conclave of young liberal putatively led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) — someone who makes politics relatable and understandable to a next generation of potential voters. But it’s not just his Twitter game that gets people excited. Crenshaw is a genuine war hero, a Navy SEAL who lost his right eye to an improvised explosive device during his third deployment to Afghanistan. The eye patch Crenshaw now wears only enhances the idea that he’s a cartoon supersoldier, almost like the “Rambo Trump” meme come to life.
“I love Trump, love, love Trump,” said Zerah Steltzer, 20, of Oregon. “But I think he’s getting too old, and it’s time for someone fresh in there.”
Speaking with former Fox News host Megyn Kelly at the conference, Crenshaw suggested that Trump simply isn’t in touch with what the modern conservative movement wants:
“I went to St. Petersburg once,” Crenshaw told Kelly during one session. “The Putin fan base is very interesting. There’s, like, mugs with him in sunglasses and helicopters and fire behind him.”
“They like a strong man,” Kelly said. “They don’t want this whole Brooklyn, pumpkin-spice latte-drinking man that they are creating here. I don’t want that either.”
References to Putin and talk of a “strong man” aren’t exactly what the majority of Americans want to hear, but it’s catnip for the right-wingers who make up the base of support any Republican will need in primary elections that will decide who the 2024 GOP nominee is going to be.
Could Crenshaw emerge as a favorite to be the next Republican nominee? Possibly, but he’ll have to beat better funded establishment candidates such as Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Nikki Haley, both of whom are expected to run.
What will become of old man Trump? If there’s any justice in the world, he’ll spend the rest of his life in prison.
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