It seems that conservatives are determined to quash the millennial vote before the midterms next month: they’ve moved polling places off college campuses, introduced unnecessarily strict voter ID laws and now they’re advising young women to skip the polls and “go back on Tinder or Match.com.”
In a segment of Fox News’ “The Five” earlier this week, co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle opined about why young women should be “excused” from voting, saying they’re uninformed:
It’s the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea. They don’t get it! [They don't have the] life experience of paying the bills, doing the mortgage, kids, community, crime, education, health care. They’re healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world. … [They should be excused] so they can go back on Tinder or Match.com.
On a later segment, she clarified her comments but offered no apology:
I take the right to vote seriously. I take the right to serve on a jury very seriously. And I think you should be informed when you do both things. … [Media Matters] made that headline and then liberal media ran with it and used the headline that they manufactured even though there was not one iota of truth in it.
Watch the original clip below and decide for yourself what Guilfoyle was trying to say.
It’s no wonder conservatives are on the offensive: The millennial vote is crucial for Democrats. Young people typically vote progressively and were instrumental in electing President Obama in 2008 and 2012. Reproductive care, marriage equality and immigration are among the hot-button issues for millennials who tend to see their values more accurately reflected in Democratic candidates’ platforms. If you’re not capturing the youth vote, you have good reason to be a little scared—young people have power and they’re not afraid to use it.
See you at the polls next week, young women!
Stephanie Hallett is research editor at Ms. Follow her on Twitter @stephhallett.