On October 17, 2020, a group of popular YouTubers, collectively known as “The Try Guys,” released a video endorsing Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden. In the video, the group, which consists of online personalities Ned Fulmer, Eugene Yang, Keith Habersberger and Zach Kornfeld, gave several reasons for their endorsement. Among those cited are disdain for President Trump’s coronavirus response, desire for criminal justice reform, and concern over the current immigration policy.
For those who have been following 2020, this video comes as no surprise.
The popular quartet is hardly the first to make headlines for breaking tradition and engaging in the hyper-politicization of 2020. USA Today recently announced their endorsement for Joe Biden, along with WBNA team, Seattle Storm, and acclaimed actor, Mel Brooks.
Social media has even gotten in on the trend, with large banners urging consumers to vote adorning their respective pages. It seems as though politics is inescapable, no matter where someone turns.
This video is just another push towards partisanship for young people who may not know how to access unbiased facts, of which the aforementioned video is startlingly light on.
For example, during the video the topic of climate change is brought up, with the men lauding Joe Biden’s climate change plan. Kornfeld offers the statistic of how Joe Biden has pledged to put $1.7 trillion over ten years towards boosting renewable energies. However, according to the American Action Forum, the installation of renewable sources alone would cost $5.7 trillion, not to mention the cost of operation and maintenance, which experts say could total into the hundred-trillions. This plan claims to be for the American people, and yet wholesale reliance on Green Energy would see American families pay anywhere from 43% to 286% more on their energy bills.
Another topic the video tackles is Medicare for All, and how important it is that all Americans have insurance. While that certainly is true, what the video fails to inform viewers of is that the implementation of Medicare for All would cost the federal government anywhere from $25 trillion to $35 trillion over the next ten years, according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. In an article published by Forbes, they predict that everyone would end up paying more in taxes, with a 6.2% and 2.2% hike added to their payroll and income taxes, respectively.
The myriad of other topics they cover are additionally laden with skewed information, such as failing to mention that it was President Obama who initially began the practice of putting undocumented immigrant children in cages, or deeming the practice of imprisoning people for marijuana convictions as based in racism. While this may be true, it calls into question Kamala Harris’ stance on racism given that she actively participated in such a practice during her time as California’s Attorney General. Is she now a racist herself?
For young teens or adults making their first foray into the complicated and messy world of politics, this video is simply another attempt to render complex issues small enough to fit in the ballot box. Voters deserve to be fully informed, even if that information goes against one’s particular leanings. The video closes with viewers being urged to vote, because “not voting is a vote for Donald Trump,” and “this election is literally life or death.” Such slogans are blatant attempts at fear-mongering, and work to create a population ruled by terror, rather than by common-sense and facts.
In such confusing times, we must cling tighter to rational thinking more than ever, and that includes resisting partisan tactics of any kind and from any side.
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