Gutfeld Praises Nikki Haley's Speech: Social Media Often a 'Tool of Vengeance Employed for Cheap Thrills'
Greg Gutfeld praised Nikki Haley's speech to a group of young people at the Turning Point USA conference.
Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and former South Carolina Republican governor, said it is "easier than ever to make snarky remarks or take joy in opponents' mistakes and misfortunes."
She said that it can be "fun and feel good" to try to "own the libs" (liberals), but added that young people should "step back and think about what you're accomplishing when you do this."
"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? 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 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."
Gutfeld said Haley's thoughts were correct, and that shutting down someone persuades no one.
He said there are "two ugly sides to everything" and that while the right is "fighting back" on social media, the New York Times is urging its liberal readers that "centrism is not the answer" in a recent op-ed.
"The left seeks scalps by mobbing people online for speech and ideas. Now the right is fighting back," he said, calling sites like Twitter a "tool of vengeance employed by mobs for cheap thrills."
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