Some Gen Z and Millennial Republicans say they are concerned that President Trump did not concede for more than two weeks after election day, citing the damage that could cause to American democracy and the example Trump’s behavior for representing young republicans.
“I have a feeling that Trump is trying to undermine our democracy and it is very worrying to see how many people blindly support him. I find it really disappointing how Trump is obviously deviating from American values and violating objective facts, “Ally Chun, an 18-year-old Republican from New York, told CNN.
Chun is concerned, in part, about how Trump continues to spread misinformation online and the impact Trump’s failure could have on young Americans.
While she still considers herself a Republican, Chun said she was “extremely disaffected with the party” and hoped they can condemn themselves and distance themselves from Trump’s actions.
Likewise, Chip Myers, a 21-year-old Republican from Arkansas, told CNN that he was “really concerned” about Trump’s “failure to admit”.
President-elect Biden needs access to transitional funds, which are likely to be withheld due to Trump’s failure to admit, and he needs access to that [President’s Daily Brief] in the interests of national security. If presidents can get away with sabotaging their political opponents’ presidencies in this way, then I am really concerned about what that might do for our democracy in the future, especially if someone more competent than Trump is running the show, ”Myers said .
Meanwhile, Gen Z says GOP, a group of disaffected young Conservatives who have banded together in hopes of building a new home for young Republicans earlier this year, is saying they are “moving on.”
“President Trump has lost. End of the story. We continue. Gen Z GOP is focused on building common sense republicanism, a party with an integrity and results orientation, and emphasizes conservative common sense policies over rhetoric that divide our communities, ”said Elle Kalisz, communications director of Gen Z GOP , across from CNN.
But not all young Republicans feel this way, and some agree with Trump’s decision not to admit.
While these young Republicans say that Trump’s commitment to legal challenges is entirely within his purview and shows that he is a “fighter,” they are still not convinced that the legal challenges will ultimately change the election results.
Ryan Fisher, the 20-year-old Republican chairman of the University of Michigan College, told CNN that Trump’s refusal to admit is something he is still at odds with.
“On the one hand, I see some examples of what [Trump] referred to as cheating or non-counting of votes. But my basic problem is, even if he’s right, I don’t think the wind would be enough to make him the winner, “he said.
“I guess [Trump] I seek fairness in elections, and I appreciate his fighting against unsolicited and unverified mail on ballot papers, ”Fisher told CNN.
But Fisher also said he is “pragmatic for or Trump’s concession at this point,” as he doesn’t believe the recounts will bring enough profit margin to get Trump to the 270 electoral college votes needed to win.
Adam Brown, 22 years old and former Republican Vice President of Utah College, also believes Trump is a “fighter,” he told CNN.
“Given that he was a United States political candidate and President of the United States, he should keep fighting until he believes the results are properly reflected,” Brown said.
“He has the right to take all legal channels and we must wait for those paths to be completed,” said Brown, adding, “Democracy can be chaotic.”
And while Grayson Massey, 26, and the National Committee member of the Utah Young Republicans and former chairman of the Utah College Republicans, told CNN he agreed that Trump was within his legal remit to pursue all legal options, Massey added that himself once those paths are completed, he doesn’t think the results will change.
“Our Democratic colleagues would agree, we just want to count every vote to confirm that Vice President Biden or President Trump is, in fact, the legally-elected President of the United States,” said Massey.