Peer pressure, in this day and age, can drive young Americans to rebel against the so-called establishment, and Kellyanna Brooking is no exception. However, her gripe is not aimed at the adults in her life—it’s aimed at America’s Leftists, including her fellow teens who embrace today’s “woke” culture. It’s not easy for a teenage girl with conservative values to go against the prevailing trends in today’s schools, but Kellyanna is determined to do the right thing.
Rebecca Weber says 14-year-old Kellyanna is the youngest president and ambassador at Turning Point USA, the largest and fastest growing youth organization in America. Turning Point describes its mission as “to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government.” When Weber interviewed her recently for her Better For America podcast, the CEO of the Association of Mature American Citizens introduced her as a “courageous source of enormous hope and promise for the future.”
Kellyanna is no shrinking violet. When Weber asked her why, at her young age, she decided to stand up for a conservative viewpoint, the youngster didn’t hesitate. She said “if I don’t speak up now at 14 years of age, I’ll never have the opportunity to do it in the future. Because as we see now with conservatives, especially on social media, there’s so much censorship, there’s so much canceled culture. So, if I don’t use my opportunity to speak up for my values and freedoms now, then when I’m an adult, I’ll never have the opportunity. So, my biggest piece of advice to people who are too scared to speak up, especially at my age, is to just go for it … I lost a lot of friends and even some family members when I started on this journey. But people will show their true colors because if they stick by you when you start speaking up for your beliefs, it will show who they really are. I think it can definitely be hard because I get lots of hate messages, I get lots of threats at school and it can be really difficult. But I just definitely try to keep the future in mind.”
She recalled that during the pandemic, many of her classmates at school began defacing their lockers, drawing pictures and writing their thoughts – things such as “stop Asian hate” and “Black Lives Matter.” Kellyanna went on to say that it was a “most concerning moment because nobody questioned it. Everybody just went along with it. This was during the time when everybody was trying to be a social justice warrior. And nobody questioned it. Teachers didn’t say, no; they just went along with it. And that was so concerning to me, and that really was my breaking point.” She said she felt the “need to start speaking up for this because nobody else is and nobody else will.”
Kellyanna hails from Seattle, WA – one of the first cities to defund the police – and it triggered a hateful reaction at her school. Lots of students began talking and posting in support of the decision, saying so many hateful things about our police officers, she said. “Growing up, I was always taught to respect people who serve, to make our life safer and America safer … when I heard all this talk in Seattle and at school about defunding the police, I realized how wrong it is that this group of people that are trying to serve and make our community safer is getting targeted this much. It was really sad to see it and it still is sad to see it. And as I said before, nobody’s questioning it. And I wish more people would stand up for police officers.”
Kellyanna also chimed in on Leftist educators and their focus on the Critical Race Theory. “It’s slowly being slipped in with everything. All of the LGBTQ posters we see on the wall, all of the BLM things, and the paintings I told you about on lockers, it’s in our curriculum and quizzes. Sometimes we have to take these mental health surveys [and they] ask us questions like, what percentage of black kids do you hang out with? How do people treat Asian students at your school? That is critical race theory.” She went on to identify a school board member who denied teaching the critical race theory or CRT in our schools. “We are having CRF, critical race facts,” he said.
The school board member gave it a different name, “but really, we should start calling it what it is, which is racism. They’re trying to pit black kids against white kids, the masked against unmasked. They’re just trying to create more division in the name of unity and in the name of equity. It’s so sad to see that.”
She said that a lot of people don’t like to speak up about their opinions, “especially modern-day conservatives [who are] called the silent majority for a reason. A lot of people have their opinions, and they like to keep it that way. I, however, I’m not, because if I just keep it as my opinion, then nothing’s going to change because nothing can change if you don’t speak up.”
Kellyanna concluded the interview saying, “I really hope that my courage and my standing up for things will rub off on people. Sometimes it can be really hard, especially for the majority of students.” But she quickly invoked the late Reverend Billy Graham who once said, “Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened.“