Nikki Haley tells young Conservatives, stop trying to ‘own the libs.’ ‘Real leadership’ is in persuading them.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley offered some sound advice to young conservatives in their online interactions with liberals.

Speaking at a conservative conference of high school students, Haley explained what “real leadership” looks like, especially in these times dominated by social media.

“Raise your hand if you’ve ever posted anything online to quote-unquote ‘own the libs,’ ” Haley asked students at the High School Leadership Summit at George Washington University on Monday, The Hill reported.

The majority of the teenagers at the event organized by Turning Point USA raised their hands and then broke into applause.

“I know that it’s fun and that it can feel good, but step back and think about what you’re accomplishing when you do this — are you persuading anyone? Who are you persuading?” Haley asked.

“We’ve all been guilty of it at some point or another, but this kind of speech isn’t leadership — it’s the exact opposite,” she explained.

“Real leadership is about persuasion, it’s about movement, it’s bringing people around to your point of view,” Haley said. “Not by shouting them down, but by showing them how it is in their best interest to see things the way you do.”

Although she felt leadership is lacking in this country, the former South Carolina governor said those in the room Monday made her hopeful for the future.

The four-day event features other major conservative speakers including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump Jr., former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, and Judge Jeanine Pirro.

Haley, who was introduced to the audience by her son, also spoke to attendees about the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the U.N. Human Rights Council, criticizing countries  that only agree with the US “off the record.”

“They lack the courage to make a difference,” she said. “They have a voice, they just refuse to use it.”

Haley received a standing ovation the outset of her speech and at its conclusion.

“If I can leave you with one message today: Have the courage to stand up to the mob,” she told students.

Naturally the left descended into a baseless meltdown over just the idea that Haley would be speaking to young conservatives.

But the UN ambassador’s words and the generous amount of time she spent with students later was much appreciated by those attending the summit.

Frieda Powers

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