Gabe Fleisher is your average teenager who enjoys playing soccer and hanging out with friends.
Another well-known fact about the 14-year-old is his fiery passion for politics. In fact, his political fervor was on full display recently when he responded to billionaire businessman, Donald Trump, after he posted this tweet regarding the Michelle Fields incident:
A two-word response from a teenaged boy living in Missouri sent Twitter into a frenzy.
Here are just a few responses Gabe says he received from Trump supporters who did not find his sarcastic comment very funny:
Gabe tells Independent Journal Review he was “surprised” at the responses:
“I clicked “tweet” on those two words, like I’ve launched tons of others before, and almost immediately began receiving very hateful messages back, which was fairly new to me. But once I got over the initial shock of having hundreds of strangers sending really harsh words, it was very saddening to see what our political discourse has become.
I sent out just two words, answering the question Trump had asked, and the first resort of so many was to turn to name-calling and profanity, and I think that’s a troubling sign of what our democracy has devolved into.”
His response reads like that of someone twice his age, which is likely why more than 1,000 people receive his political newsletter, “Wake Up To Politics,” every day.
Gabe says he’s always loved to write and began emailing his mom political updates in April, 2011. It slowly developed into a daily newsletter that was forwarded to family and friends.
Since he was just 10 years old, Gabe has been waking up at 6 a.m. every day to compile his newsletter, which was inspired after the 2008 presidential election, when he was just six years old:
“I think in an election cycle, politics is kind of inescapable for everyone in America. No matter your age, it’s impossible to avoid the ads, and the yard signs, and the bumper stickers. Some people hate it, but it really fascinated me when I saw them popping up in 2008, and I would ask my parents about the candidates and the elections, and I started reading about history.
In January 2009, my dad took my sister and I to the presidential inauguration, and that’s when I was really moved into a full-on passion for politics and history.”
Image Credit: Gabe Fleisher
Here’s a typical day in the life of Gabe Fleisher, who still makes room for school, soccer, and friends:
“I wake up at 6 a.m. and begin reading different news sites to decide what I want to write about for the day, and then I write it and send it out at 7:30, to get ready to leave for school about twenty minutes later. I go to school, I come home or go to soccer or other activities, do my homework, and then start crafting a list of what I’d like to put in the next day’s newsletter.”
Not many journalists can say they began reporting before they could legally drive a car. Gabe believes his age is actually an asset to his reporting:
“I do think I have a unique insight on politics and a maybe even a different writing style. Although I do have quite a bit of experience as a journalist by now and write as comprehensively as I can, I can still frame politics in a more understandable context, which I think many of my readers appreciate, as I try to inform and re-engage young and old into politics.”
When asked if he’d like to be a reporter after finishing up college, which is still four years away, he says he still “has a lot to decide” but thinks reporting in D.C. would be right up his alley.
Image Credit: Gabe Fleisher
When you sign up for Gabe’s newsletter, the last question he asks his future readers is who their favorite president is.
Independent Journal Review turned the tables on the Missouri teen:
“Abraham Lincoln, because of his leadership abilities and ability to hold people together, but also his wit and humor even in difficult times.”
The 14-year-old wouldn’t say if he was for or against Trump, or any candidate for that matter, saying he always “stays non-partisan and neutral” in his reporting.
Spoken like a true pro.
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Source: Independent Journal Review