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Howard Dean compares Trump's election to fatal Kent State shooting

Former Vermont Democratic Gov. Howard Dean speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on July 26. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Former Vermont Democratic Gov. Howard Dean on Wednesday compared the election of Donald Trump to the 1970 shooting of four unarmed college students at Ohio's Kent State University and the 1965 violent suppression of civil rights protesters at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

Dean made the comment to SiriusXM radio host Joe Madison while the two were discussing millennials' general disdain for institutions.

This young generation, which I think is absolutely great, is used to doing everything on the internet. They don’t really like institutions, they don’t need institutions. If they want a change, they go on the internet, find half a million people who agree with them, they insist on the change, and they usually get it.

I really think this election — they are so disheartened, so down, so tired and discouraged — this may be their Kent State or their Edmund Pettus Bridge, where you finally realize that you've got to do something.

Dean added that, while millennials "don't consider themselves Democrats," they have voted for the Democratic candidate for president the last three election cycles: President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The former governor then suggested that could all change in a Trump presidency: "Now they've learned the hard way that institutions matter, and I'm hoping that will be the call that gets this generation into politics and changes everything."

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