In a recent essay designed to appeal to younger readers, former president Donald Trump continued to pursue voting blocs with a recorded history of Democratic leanings.
The Newsweek opinion piece follows a recent poll finding that Trump is gaining support from a younger demographic that tends to cast more Democratic ballots than Biden. Trump contrasted the outcomes of his own economic initiatives to those of Biden in his article, contending that his leadership exerted a more significant influence on youthful voters.
“With less than one year to go until Election Day, the polls show that we are beating Joe Biden by wide margins both nationally and in the battleground states—and young people are a major part of the reason why,” Trump began. “A recent NBC News poll found that we are leading Biden 46 percent to 42 percent nationally among voters ages 18 to 34—a clear sign that young Americans are rejecting Joe Biden’s reign of failure, incompetence, and corruption.
He further emphasized that his actions during his administration were instrumental in establishing the “strongest and most prosperous economy” in the annals of world history. He asserted that annual salary increases averaged approximately $6,000, that inflation remained below 2%, and that gas prices averaged $1.87 per gallon in many regions. Furthermore, he claimed that historically, household wealth had reached its zenith, with the bottom 50% of earners experiencing a nearly 40% increase in net worth.
Furthermore, he incessantly emphasized how the current administration has only served to exacerbate the economic situation.
“The U.S. economy had never been better for young Americans, but for the past three years, young people have borne the heavy costs of the failed Biden agenda: crippling inflation, soaring prices, skyrocketing interest rates, unaffordable housing, and escalating crime,” Trump said.
“Over the course of the Biden administration, real incomes have gone down by $7,400 per family. Gas prices reached as high as $7 a gallon in some places. Cumulative inflation is 18 percent. And mortgage rates are pushing a brutal seven percent—making home ownership out of reach for countless young Americans,” he argued.
Additionally, the 45th president stated that “the median-income American family could afford a mortgage” since during his four years in office, the average 30-year mortgage rate dropped to roughly 2.65%.
“Yet thanks to Biden’s disastrous economy, interest rates have skyrocketed, making home-ownership out of reach for too many Americans, especially young Americans who in previous generations would be looking to start a family,” he wrote. “As a result, historically high numbers of young people are delaying marriage and children. According to a recent study, three quarters of Gen Z and Millennial couples believe it’s too expensive to get married today.”
He added: “Sadly, many younger Americans are putting their lives on hold because they think the Biden economy leaves them no choice.”
Furthermore, Trump asserted that Biden was engaged in a “war on energy” that resulted in escalated prices for nearly all gasoline and oil-powered products, all while ostensibly implementing provisions of the “Green New Deal.” This radical left-wing initiative, which was initially proposed by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D–N.Y.), prioritizes renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power over fossil fuels.
Trump went on, “New car prices have surged by nearly 30 percent since I left office thanks to that.” Presently, a brand-new automobile costs an astounding $50,000 on average. Almost all brand-new automobiles are unaffordable to the average individual. Under Biden, the average monthly auto payment has nearly increased to $750 as a result of escalating interest rates and expenses.
“Instead of helping our young people confidently begin their lives, careers, and families, Joe Biden is crushing their dreams with debt, taxes, and inflation, and paving the way for a future of anger and despair,” Trump added. “Under Joe Biden, we are a nation in decline and rapidly losing the American Dream.”
Next, Trump outlined his plans for his second and final term in office.
“I will rapidly rebuild the greatest economy in the history of the world so that young people can thrive and prosper. I will stop Joe Biden’s inflation nightmare, increase energy production, massively reduce government spending, and bring down interest rates, so that young people can once again afford to start a family, buy a home, and plan for a great future—the basic building blocks of the American Dream. I did it before, and we will do it once again,” he said, adding that he will also bring “law and order” to American cities and work to reduce the level of drug overdoses and addiction plaguing the country.
“American voters have it within their power to quickly return our country to peace, prosperity, and strength—and no one will benefit from bringing that change to our nation’s capital more than young people,” Trump wrote.