Republican National Committee Spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany made an appearance at Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit Thursday to tell students how she made her start as a young conservative.
“I was a 21 year old senior and had a passion for politics, a love for conservatism,” she said. “And it’s taken me to the White House, Fox News, CNN, Capitol Hill.”
McEnany told the young audience that “interning is key,” and “if you offer your free help, so many people will take you up on that.” She encouraged young conservatives to travel to DC and make their dreams a reality, like she did while interning for the White House Office of Communications.
She highlighted a laughable moment where she had the opportunity to escort New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning to the Oval Office, and asked him to sign her jersey for former football star and brother of Eli, Peyton Manning — something she considers a mistake. The audience continued to laugh as she said she asked the football team’s coach to take her photo in the White House, but just thought he was “some nice, old guy” until someone told her who he was.
“My next step was interning for Hannity and Colmes, where I got my start at Fox News,” she said, adding that these internships led up to a job at Mike Huckabee Live. “I got to go to Israel, the royal wedding, and other amazing opportunities that come with television.”
But she wanted more, adding that she desired to voice her own opinion on air. “I knocked down doors,” she said. And she got that spotlight as a contributor for CNN.
“It was often me and Jeffrey Ward against many liberals,” she said.
She wanted to leave the audience of young conservatives with an important piece of advice. “Whatever you want to do, don’t be afraid to ask just because you’re young. Millennials are amazing,” she said.
“How many of you are on college campuses? How many of you are afraid to express your views on college campuses?” she asked, as most of the students raised their hands. McEnany said that one of her colleagues at Harvard Law faked being a liberal their entire life. “We shouldn’t have to do this,” she said.
“When you look at that red map, you should not feel alone. Your liberal peers are snowflakes,” she added.
Another example McEnany gave was about a Harvard student who shared their story online about feeling oppressed because one of the school’s restaurant themes was centered around incrimination. She said at a law school, students should not be surprised that the food is named after incrimination.
“There is an effort to silence conservatives across this country, and we cannot let it happen,” she said, adding that the advantage conservative students have on a liberal campus is that by arguing a point of view, it is becoming stronger because of it.
“Liberals are coddled and never have to make an argument. This is why they can’t do it on the big stage,” she said while the students applauded.
However, she emphasized that this does not mean that liberals are “bad people” necessarily. “Some of the best things have happened to me because of liberals,” the spokeswoman said.
“But don’t ever lose your conservative values,” she concluded.