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Millennials, unlike some other demographics we won’t mention, are getting arrested to protest Donald Trump.

Despite this week’s panic about millennials handing the presidency over to Trump, which my colleague Brian Beutler has handily rebutted, this morning a diverse group of millennials conducted a surprise sit-in outside Speaker Paul Ryan’s office. The protesters held the GOP—Ryan very much included—responsible for Trump’s rise, and demanded that Ryan reject Trump’s “dog-whistle racism.” After refusing to leave, all eleven protesters were arrested by the police. 

The young protesters, along with a group of supporters gathered outside, were members of a new organization, All of Us 2016, which framed Tuesday’s action as the start of a “bold millennial-run campaign to demand racist Republicans and Wall Street Democrats disown the politics of racism and greed.” As their website makes clear, these are not the Bernie Bros or die-hard idealists that the media has frequently framed their generation to be. Instead, they come off sounding more like hardened pragmatists. As the second point in their platform states:   

#AllofUs will vote to defeat Donald Trump, because we can’t risk letting a hate-filled billionaire become President. Hillary Clinton won’t solve the problems of our generation, but she’s the only one who can stop Trump.

Those arrested on Tuesday included former field organizers for the Bernie Sanders campaign, such as 25-year-old Waleed Shahid. He told Fusion, “Just yesterday, in the wake of terror, [Trump] called emphatically for racial profiling of Muslims like myself. That’s not the America young people want to live in—an America where people fear each other.” Another protester was even more explicit about his generation’s responsibility in the upcoming election: “The torch has been passed to us and we have to make sure we don’t drop it.”

June 26, 2019

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Welcome to TNR’s coverage of the Democratic debates.

Yes, the debates are upon us, a mere 16 months before voters will cast their ballots to decide whether President Trump should get a second term. In that time, babies will be conceived and born, the earth will orbit the sun and then some, and Democrats will, with any luck, choose a champion from the two dozen candidates running for the nomination. It all begins tonight, with the first of two debates in Miami this week featuring the 20 candidates—ten each round—who qualified to participate by either polling at 1 percent in three surveys or receiving 65,000 individual donations.

The staff of The New Republic will be watching the proceedings, offering running commentary and post-debate analysis, and hopefully answering any questions readers might have. Who’s up, who’s down? Who, if anyone, seems qualified to stall America’s spiraling descent into a fiery wasteland overseen by Trumpian kleptocrats? And who is Eric Swalwell, anyway? Pop by TNR’s Minutes blog at 9 o’clock EST tonight and tomorrow night to find out!