Hillary Clinton’s verified Twitter account, @HillaryClinton, sent out a tweet that takes pandering to Millennials to a whole new level.
The tweet asked followers, “How does your student loan debt make you feel? Tell us in 3 emojis or less.”
This is seriously the level of discourse that Hillary’s campaign expects from young voters who face a collective $1.2 trillion (that’s trillion with a “T”) in student debt? I can think of a few emojis that I’d like to use, but I don’t think Apple got approval to make them……
40 million people across the United States … have monumental student debt, as reported by CNN. In fact, student loans have increased by 84% since the recession (from 2008 to 2014) and are the only type of consumer debt not decreasing, according to a study from Experian, which analyzed student loan trends from 2008 through 2014.
The analysis also finds that in total, a staggering $1.2 trillion is bleeding students dry. Of all of the open student loan accounts, says Experian, 39% ($417 billion) are in deferment (the period during which payments are not obligatory) and 61% ($727 billion) are in repayment. Of the consumers who are currently in the repayment stage, their average payment is $279 per consumer.
Admittedly, Twitter is not the ideal platform for lengthy and meaningful discourse on the challenges facing our country. But the Clinton campaign can at least pretend to take these issues seriously, and give younger voters a little more intellectual credit.
Here is an embedded copy of the tweet:
How does your student loan debt make you feel? Tell us in 3 emojis or less.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 12, 2015