Opinion: Political parties should not assume any demographic will back them forever
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - A crack is showing in traditional identity politics.
Historically, Democrats have prided themselves on getting overwhelming majority support from African Americans and young people.
You may have seen the recent positive exchanges between hip hop artist Kanye West and President Trump.
Kanye’s point is that he is free to endorse and support any politician he chooses. Kanye, correctly, does not believe his race should dictate his politics.
Let’s be honest, it’s not like Democrats have recently done much for African Americans in this country. If you look at some of the worst inner city conditions in America - Camden, Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore - these cities have been long time Democrat strong holds.
Young people may be breaking away from Democrats, as well. A recent poll conducted by Reuters and Ipsos shows that millennial support for Democrats has fallen by 9 percentage points in just two years, from 55 percent to 46 percent.
Less than a majority of young people eligible to vote now support Democrats.
Why? It’s the economy. Two years ago, 12 percent more young people thought that Democrats had a better economic plan than Republicans. Now, that gap is only 2 percent. You better believe that tax cuts are going to make young people more and more open to voting Republican going forward.
Here is the bottom line: no party should assume that any group of a certain race, age or background is going to back it forever. Democrats have to put together a comprehensive message of why they deserve support, while Republicans have to outline achievements to gain those votes.