NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd spoke at Morningside College last Friday with the message that Millennials are changing America.
Todd’s proof that millennials are making a difference is the activism among them with groups such as LGBT and Black Lives Matter. Millennials have also been the source of some judicial reform.
Millennials are also changing the way we look at politics. According to Todd the top three political affiliations for millennials are 1) No party, 2) Democrat, and 3) Republican. Todd noted that this is mainly because of the fact that many millennials have “lost faith in Washington”.
Part of the reasoning is that Washington is a mess and as Todd said, “The best and brightest don’t want to run for office.” He explained that many millennials are instead heading to the private sector for their careers.
Todd compared millennials to those of the depression era in the fact that they are more civic minded, community oriented, and activists than previous generations. These qualities would make them excellent leaders but again, they aren’t going to Washington.
Todd said, that we “can’t fix the mess if we don’t all pitch in. He encouraged millennials in the room to go for office. Hopefully his message got through.