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‘Republicans are in trouble’: GOP pollster freaks out at data showing young voters fleeing her party

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The Republican Party’s lack of appeal to young voters only looks to get worse in the coming years as the post-Millennial generation comes of age and registers to vote.

Analysis of recent polling data by the New York Times finds that younger Americans are fleeing the GOP, especially younger Americans of color who make up nearly half of the electorate among Generation Z.

“Republicans are in trouble,” GOP pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson tells The Times. “It would not surprise me if the problem is worse, not better, with Gen Z, given the moment we’re in.”

The Times then cites research from political scientists showing that voters establish partisan identity during their formative years and rarely switch even as they get older. For younger voters who have grown up during the presidencies of George W. Bush and Donald Trump, the Times suggests, that could mean a partisan aversion to the GOP that could haunt the party in coming years.

“Andrew Gelman, a professor of statistics and political science at Columbia, and Yair Ghitza, the chief scientist at Catalist, have found that impressions about events from ages 14 to 24 are about three times as powerful in shaping political beliefs as events that happen when people are 40,” the publication explains. “That history suggests that President Trump’s low approval rating does not bode well for the Republican Party with young people who’ve been exposed to little else.”

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Historian reveals alarming similarities between Trump’s ‘concentration camps’ and Nazi Germany

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As Republican lawmakers furiously deny that President Donald Trump is holding migrant families in "concentration camps" along the border, historians have been charting the alarming parallels with Nazi Germany.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) angrily disputed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who compared Trump's detention centers to Nazi concentration camps, but historian Ned Richardson-Little pointed out just how similar current conditions are to Germany in the 1930s.

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Why is America’s suicide epidemic hitting Trump’s base so hard?

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We hear a lot about suicide when celebrities like Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade die by their own hand. Otherwise, it seldom makes the headlines. That’s odd given the magnitude of the problem.

In 2017, 47,173 Americans killed themselves. In that single year, in other words, the suicide count was nearly seven times greater than the number of American soldiers killed in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars between 2001 and 2018.

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Paul Krugman: Trump’s ‘populism’ is a cruel joke that only harms those he’s claiming to help

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As president of the United States, Donald J. Trump has preached a right-wing brand of populism that often echoes Patrick Buchanan’s nationalist and protectionist themes and utter contempt for “elites” — and Trump’s rally in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday made it clear that he will be hitting those themes aggressively in his 2020 reelection campaign. But economist Paul Krugman, in a New York Times column published this week, outlines the many ways in which Trump’s “populism” is a cruel joke that only hurts the working class Americans he is claiming to look out for.

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