'Owning the Libs' Is Fun but Not Helpful, Nikki Haley Says

| JUL 24, 2018 | 6:03 PM

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During a speech at the High School Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley spoke to students to remind them to participate in friendly debates and to not be aggressive toward people they don't agree with.

“Raise your hand if you've ever posted anything online to 'own the libs,'” Haley said.

According to The Hill, many students raised their hands and then started applauding themselves. However, Haley did not want to congratulate them but instead wanted to warn them.

“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,” she said. “Are you persuading anyone? Who are you persuading?”

The host of the event, Turning Point USA, has been known to approach some of its support of conservative ideals through — what Politico described as — “liberal-trolling.” In her speech, Haley stated that there is a better way to address issues.

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

Haley is just one of many conservative speakers at the four-day summit, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump Jr., and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).