Did President Trump doom the fortunes of the Republican Party among young voters?
Political dabs with their fingers on the adolescent pulse claim he’s come screeching close. The Trump administration’s proposed legal proscription of the popular video platform TikTok evoked the petulant rage of the normally apathetic Generation Z. For a few short days — which tracks with the average teenager’s attention span — Trump politically galvanized so-called Zoomers more than a Post Malone and Billie Eilish joint presidential ticket.
The teeny-bop furore has died down somewhat since Trump reversed field, ditching blockage in favor of allowing an American company — e.g., Microsoft — an opportunity at acquisition. But the damage may already be done. Daddy president threatened to take away the ice cream before dinner. Renegotiating a proper postprandial dessert with a French fries–string beans swap won’t soothe the initial trauma.
For the unfamiliar, or those born in the dusty 20th century, TikTok is a smartphone app best known for featuring teenagers gamboling on screen under strobe-light filters, often overlaid with ironic text. Owned by the Chinese firm ByteDance, it also acts as a data funnel to Beijing, capturing the most intimate details about users. […]
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