The original article appeared in the Washington Examiner.
When Jimmy Kimmel asked millennials on the streets of New York CIty how they felt about President Trump nominating Rob Kardashian to the Supreme Court, they took the question seriously. About 10 percent of college graduates think Judge Judy is on the Supreme Court, according to a poll from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. A recent C-SPAN poll shows just 27 percent of millennials can name one Supreme Court Justice.
So, how do millennials feel about Gorsuch? Any pollster who thinks they have the answer is lying. Most millennials couldn’t pick him out of a lineup. They couldn’t tell you his positions on key issues. But, while this ignorance is easy to mock, it’s reasonable to understand: no one has given them a reason to care about Gorsuch or SCOTUS.
Why should they care?
While I can list off the clichés — civic duty, national pride, caring about the future — none of these will be convincing to millennials. Sure, they are important, but virtue signaling comes off as condescension to younger Americans, especially those who are busy working their tails off to pay their student loans.