The Right and the Youth
that Trump’s unpopularity among the young constitutes a reason to abandon him, so that fresh faces and young voices may embody conservatism. The surprisingly strong performance of Jeremy Corbyn—long thought a socialist relic—in the recent UK election would seem to add urgency to Kristol’s argument. There may be many good reasons to oppose Trump, but this is not one of them. Conservatism’s problems with the young predate Trump, and the young have not shown much interest in the allegedly fresh Republican faces that ran for president in 2016. Progress doesn’t start with distancing ourselves from Trump. Progress starts with recognizing that nothing is working.