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For millennials, Bernie Sanders is cool because he's 74, not in spite of it

Emily Collinson, senior of International Relations at American University, is a 21-year-old Sanders supporter. Photo for The Washington Post by Astrid Riecken

At 74, Bernie Sanders - he of the mussed hair, frumpy clothes and grouchy demeanor - might not seem an obvious choice as a shining political knight for the millennial generation. America, after all, is the birthplace of the 1960s mantra "Don't trust anyone over 30." Even now, many Americans consider old people uncool at best - or even worse, irrelevant.

Yet for millennials - the generation roughly in their late teens to mid-30s - that attitude is so yesterday...

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