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Just like Zuckerberg? You decide.

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We are gathered here today to discuss the similarities between Donald Trump and Mark Zuckerberg.

Each is, in his way, huge.

The question, though, is whether they are huge in the same way.

For example, do millennials, who this week chose Zuckerberg as a role model over their own parents, have similar feelings toward the Republican nominee?

Actually, they do. If you believe Eric Trump, that is.

As Politico reports, one of Trump’s younger sons appeared on Fox News and opined that his dad is someone who’s gone from “just about nothing” to just about enormous.

Eating fast food can do that to you.

Eric Trump, however, was referring to his dad’s business success. This was a discussion about winning over millennials, and the young Trump explained that his dad’s business empire was sure to move the young things who vote.

“It’s no different than a Zuckerberg, right, who went out with a great idea like a Facebook and developed this idea and built it and grew it and grew it and grew it,” he explained. “That is achieving something, right?”

It is, indeed.

Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for information as to whether Zuckerberg was flattered by the comparison.

Achievement doesn’t always earn you admiration, however. Ask Alex Rodriguez. Or Hillary Clinton for that matter.

Polls seem to agree that millennials favor the Democratic nominee. They don’t seem to agree on how much.

For every poll that gives her a wide margin, there’s another that suggests millennials are now leaning toward third-party candidates.

My own entirely unscientific polling, which occurs entirely inside my head, says that Donald Trump might not be the ideal choice of too many millennials.

He has one or two values that are a touch outdated. His attitude toward women, for example.

Indeed, on Friday morning the Clinton campaign took advantage of this with an ad that excoriated his statements about women and wondered why anyone would want their daughters to have such a man as president.

My internal polling also shows something else about millennials: A suspicion that many won’t vote at all. This occurred during the Brexit vote — the result of which caused many millennials to protest, completely without irony.

Unlike Mark Zuckerberg, who is always active in the world, their passivity might make all the difference.


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