Joe Biden gets roasted after saying he has ‘no empathy’ for millennials


Young people have had enough of the "entitled millennial" characterisation, so when Joe Biden said that he 'no empathy' for them, they fired back.

In a resurfaced video of his book launch earlier this year, Biden tells Los Angeles Times journalist Patt Morrison:

The younger generation now tells me how tough things are. Give me a break. No, no, I have no empathy for it. Give me a break.

The Democrat, who never took part in anti-Vietnam war demonstrations when he was younger, was comparing the complaints of millennials to his experience of growing up in the 1960s and 1970s. Speaking about the civil rights and women's liberation movement that were, alongside the war, both gaining a lot of attention at the time, the former vice-president said:

Because here’s the deal guys, we decided we were gonna change the world. And we did. We did. We finished the civil rights movement in the first stage. The women’s movement came to be. So my message is, get involved. There’s no place to hide.

He continued by calling on young people to get involved politically rather than to moan, saying:

And so, there's an old expression my philosophy professor would always use from Plato, 'The penalty people face for not being involved in politics is being governed by people worse than themselves.' It's wide open. Go out and change it.

Well, you can be sure that young people were not having any of it, flocking to Twitter to call the Democrat out for his words.

Especially considering that, according to a recent study, there has been a huge increase in millennial involvement in politics since the 2016 election. Another survey also revealed that young people are earning 20 per cent less than baby boomers did when they were the same age, despite being better educated.

Cue the millennial wrath.

In a time in which the presidential hopeful needs to get all the votes he can get, coming after millennials probably wasn't the smartest of ideas.

HT Someecards

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