Freshman Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) blasted 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) after a new poll showed a sharp decline in support from younger voters for the self-described democratic socialist.
On Tuesday, a new Morning Consult poll found that Sanders’ support from people aged 18 to 29 fell off a cliff, diving down to 33 percent in May from 45 percent in March.
Crenshaw — the Navy SEAL-turned-congressman who sits on the House Committee on Homeland Security — took this data and torched Sanders for his low poll numbers among young voters, pointing out that his generation “know[s] better” than to buy into the Vermont senator’s promises of “‘free’ everything.”
“Maybe because my generation realizes Sanders’ policies are a false promise backed by impossible federal spending levels,” Crenshaw tweeted later in the day.
Maybe because my generation realizes Sanders’ policies are a false promise backed by impossible federal spending levels… 🤔
Can’t buy off young people with “free” everything. We know better. https://t.co/b423mxLUWf
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) May 14, 2019
Sanders — who rose to be a serious primary contender to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election cycle thanks to the support from the younger generation — has been experiencing a decline with that same generation since hitting a high of 46 percent in February.
However, even with this downtick in support from the younger crowd, Sanders still leads the pack among them, beating out former Vice President Joe Biden‘s 24 percent and Sen. Elizabeth Warren‘s (D-Mass.) 9 percent.
Biden leads every other age group, though, and the poll also showed that Sanders is miles behind the former vice president. Biden leads the Vermont senator in the Democratic primary by 20 points in both early primary states and overall with Democratic primary voters.
In early primary states, Biden leads Sanders 42 percent to 22 percent. Among all Democratic primary voters, Biden is polling at 39 percent, while Sanders is at 19 percent.
Sanders has seen some trouble on the campaign trail already, with the Vermont independent failing to win over the crowd at the She the People Summit in Houston last month, as IJR Red previously reported.