The new edition of People magazine is the latest example of a liberal media organ celebrating new socialist Congressman Maxwell Frost (D-Fla.), elected at age 25.
When Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.) was elected at age 26 in 2000, no liberal media outlet wrote a gushy piece about the new generation of leaders. He was white and Republican. Same goes for Rep. Elise Stefanik, who was at the time the youngest woman elected to Congress at age 30 in 2014.
But they love this radical youngster. The headline was “GEN Z GOES TO WASHINGTON: Last year, he drove an Uber in Orlando. Now he’s in Congress – the fact of a new generation rising to power.”
Reporter Kyler Alvord began by playing up how he's too young to be ID'd as a Representative.
“I don’t look like a Congressman,” he says matter-of-factly, “And that’s the problem. That’s one of the reasons I decided to run.”
The same could have been said for Putnam or Stefanik. But Frost is pointing to his race as well as his age. Alvord underlined just how cool Frost is:
He dances on TikTok, drums on Instagram and tweets as much about pop culture (Harry Styles, Yu-Gi-Oh!, The 1975) as policy in the language of his generation: “This Medicare for All Bill is high key bussin bruh.” (Translation: The legislation is really good).
Just like AOC, Frost plays the card of "I'm just a regular twenty-something who can't afford a DC apartment -- yet!
He ran smack into a problem that affects millions of Americans: denied apartments because of debt and only pending income. (His first paycheck from Congress comes Feb. 1.)”I have a light at the end of the tunnel here,” Frost says. “But these are the filters that lead to power, and it makes it difficult for working-class people to get into government.”
Frost staffers are quoted for extra gush. Trinity Tresner, 23, joined his campaign because she “says she was drawn to his ‘message of love and inclusion.’”
People wants everyone to jump for joy -- because he's black (and a Democrat).
Frost still smiles about another time he was stopped by Capitol security, back in December, and showed his member-elect ID. “They said ‘How old are you?’ And I went, ’25.’ And they were like ‘No!’ They were so excited they started jumping with me, saying ‘Only in America! And he’s Black!’” If that’s awkward to some, that’s cool with Frost. “Spreading joy is my mission and part of my politics,” he says. “People should find joy in this work. I feel really blessed.”
Vogue magazine also profiled Frost, but that sounded a tad less gushy than People, just by a tad:
Frost finally arrives looking a little flustered but fresh in a neat blue suit. He slides into the booth and promptly orders a café con leche. I sense that the rest of the diner’s patrons have perked up at the appearance of the stately young man, whom they almost certainly recognize from the flurry of media attention he has received in recent weeks. Prior to this fall, he had never posed for a photo shoot. Now, he has done several, including the one for this article….
Notice how the media puffs the politician by saying he's receiving their attention.
Vogue also rushes to gush over Frost being impoverished: "Frost’s résumé is stacked with admirable positions, but they have not necessarily led to the kind of economic foundation usually required of a congressional candidate—as has been widely reported, he drove for Uber while he was running and also took on a significant amount of debt."
They won't check up in a few years, when Frost has a net worth of a million dollars and is still in Congress.