Republican National Committee spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany broke from Republican talking points last week when speaking to conservative students at Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit.
“When you look at that red map, you should not feel alone. Your liberal peers are snowflakes,” she said. “Liberals are coddled and never have to make an argument. This is why they can’t do it on the big stage.”
That remark garnered thunderous applause from the audience of students.
McEnany told students that age should not hold them back from pursuing their political goals.
“Whatever you want to do, don’t be afraid to ask just because you’re young. Millennials are amazing,” she told the room of more than 2,500 students.
McEnany, who attended Georgetown University, the University of Miami, and Harvard Law School, sympathized with the students who feel marginalized on their campuses due to their conservative beliefs.
“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 crowd raised their hands.
McEnany told a story of how one of her colleagues at Harvard faked being a liberal in order to make it through law school.
“We shouldn’t have to do this,” she said.
McEnany candidly told students about her journey from being an intern to RNC spokeswoman.
“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.”
“My next step was interning for 'Hannity and Colmes,' where I got my start at Fox News,” she explained, adding that her various internships led up to a job as a producer for Mike Huckabee's show. “I got to go to Israel, the royal wedding, and other amazing opportunities that come with television.”
At 29, McEnany is now RNC spokeswoman, representing a party that represents roughly a third of the nation’s voters and the president of the United States.
Another millennial working for the RNC is Mitch Freckleton, the RNC’s Director of Youth Engagement. Despite grim polling, he believes that the GOP can win the hearts and minds of the millennial generation. Freckleton was also in attendance at the Student Action Summit, engaging with students and learning more about their plight on campus.
According to Freckleton, the RNC has a list of top priority states where millennials and college students could make a significant difference in 2018. To this end, the RNC engages student leaders through their Republican Leadership Initiative program and is launching a Campus Team Leader program this spring, which will identify team leaders on college campuses who can help to organize and energize local volunteers ahead of 2018.
“The RNC continues to connect and engage with young professionals across the country,” Freckleton told Red Alert Politics. “Their support and enthusiasm for the Republican party is strong as existing programs like RLI keep expanding, and we prepare to launch new initiatives in the year ahead.”
The Young Republican National Federation agrees.
Matthew Thomas Oberly, Communications Director and Spokesperson for the YRNF, told Red Alert Politics that young Republicans are going to be vital in ensuring that Republicans maintain a majority in Congress and elect more Republicans at the state level in 2018.
“We are going to have to walk, knock, and make the phone calls along with being vocal on social media. We have never been better positioned with the current leadership at the RNC to do so. The resistance has an uphill battle as the GOP is fighting for young Americans and middle-class families futures harder than ever before,” said Oberly.
“It was exciting to see 3,000 young, engaged, and proud conservative millennials gathered during their vacation time to celebrate our party and our president," McEnany told Red Alert Politics. "Conservatism is alive and well in a new, bold generation of young people.”