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Want #NeverTrump? Then vote

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016.
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Monday, July 25, 2016. AP

“In this election, we cannot sit back and hope that everything works out for the best. We cannot afford to be tired, or frustrated, or cynical.”

— Michelle Obama

 

It’s hard for millennials to care about this election.

They feel like their voice is muted in the political noise, and the ballot offers only candidates they don’t trust, hate or think won’t win.

It doesn’t matter how many celebrities urge them to vote, millennials feel disillusioned, disenfranchised, disinterested and reluctant to cast a ballot.

They feel like they are voting for the lesser of two evils. Some even want to vote third party out of spite.

But they also believe Hillary Clinton will win, so why even bother voting?

Thinking that common sense will prevail is dangerous. Nothing about this election should lead to this conclusion.

Millennials, we know you don’t trust Clinton. You haven’t seen her to be anything other than a House of Cards character, and that’s scary.

But having Donald Trump as president is terrifying.

You think your future is bleak now? Wait until Trump becomes president.

You can’t just do nothing in this election.

You will regret it if Trump gets elected. There aren’t any do-overs.

Look at the Brexit debacle. Millennials wanted the United Kingdom to remain in the European Union, but they didn’t vote. Now the U.K. is leaving.

The same inaction would cause us to be stuck with Trump’s hate, racism and intolerance.

Millennials, go vote. Make sure this election ends with #NeverTrump.

Sara Pintilie, a member of the millennial generation, is a Star-Telegram editorial writer.

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