Breitbart News political editor Emma-Jo Morris participated in a panel discussion Friday at Turning Point USA’s Young Women’s Leadership Summit in Dallas, Texas, where she, Post Millennial editor Libby Emmons, and New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz talked about being a conservative in a liberal city.
“You become hardened in a way and you get used to having to forge your own path in a way that the people who fit better, politically, into their larger society don’t have that muscle,” Morris said. .
“Andrew Breitbart has always been a huge influence to me and a huge inspiration to me, and he had a very important quote that has lived on for years since his death, which is ‘Walk into the fire,'” she said. added. “And as people see you doing that, and people see that and agree with you, they’ll start to see that they can do it too.”
Discussing how to deal with people who agree with conservative ideas but are too afraid to admit it, Morris said she agrees that “there is not so much patience for people who are all worried” about facing a backlash, but keep in mind that “people come at their own pace, and they realize that by seeing people like us, they can do it too. But there is a lag.
“I also think it’s important to involve these people,” Morris said, adding:
I have a friend who is progressive — she thinks — and we were talking about trans sports stuff, and she was like, “I kinda agree with you, but sometimes I talk about it with my other friends who are progressive, and I feel extremely judged, and I feel like they won’t want to engage with me, and maybe even won’t want to be my friend.
So I said, “What do they find outrageous about what you think?” and when you sit down with them and take the time to really unpack their beliefs, and they realize that it’s not hateful, that it’s not coming from a malicious place – they start to feel more comfortable – having worked with someone who is safe, to express themselves better to the people around them.
“So it’s kind of like you have to try and hold their hand a bit,” Morris said. “There is something to be said for patience and support.”
“The same way we want these people to support us is to support them on their journey to understand the world around them, which is extremely complicated, as we all know,” Morris added.
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