In an article for The Hill, writer Elia Pales argues that, by nominating Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party has effectively alienated millennials, many of whom support Bernie Sanders and view Clinton as a representative of the status quo that has produced the profound inequities that are now shaking up the political establishment.
"It's no secret that Sen. Bernie Sanders polls well with millennials – during the primaries the candidate won more votes than Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump combined, taking more than 80% of the age group's vote in some states," Pales writes.
By contrast, Hillary Clinton has consistently struggled to attract the support of young, progressive voters.
"The most recent Harvard Institute of Politics (IoP) poll of young voters showed her holding just a 37% approval rating among millennials, compared with a 53% disapproval rating" Pales observes. "After Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton, nearly half of his millennial supporters said they would vote third-party instead of Hillary Clinton."