Prager U’s Will Witt spoke on how con­ser­v­a­tives should prac­ti­cally engage lib­erals without making enemies. Isabella Redjai | Col­legian

Twenty-two-years old, former student at Uni­versity of Col­orado Boulder, and self-pro­claimed as having “the best hair in the con­ser­v­ative movement,” PragerU’s Will Witt gave a lecture last Thursday on “how to win friends and influence enemies in an increas­ingly liberal world” for campus club Cit­izens for Self-Gov­er­nance.

Witt said he was both a liberal and atheist prior and during his time at college and described the drastic shift his life took, which led him to a job as a con­ser­v­ative influ­encer at PragerU.

“In college, I was dating a girl who turned out to be a huge Hillary sup­porter,” Witt said, “We got into a huge argument about refugees coming to Sweden and raping people, and she said it was a con­spiracy theory. I said it had to be true, and she was crying, and said to me, ‘You sound a lot like a Trump sup­porter,’ and I thought, ‘Maybe I am.’”

It was these types of con­ver­sa­tions and expe­ri­ences in the classroom that pushed Witt to explore con­ser­v­ative ideas and policy.

After attending CU Boulder for two years and even­tually dropping out of college in order to make infor­mative videos where he ques­tioned college stu­dents’ political views for PragerU’s website, Witt became a loud voice for young people in the modern con­ser­v­ative movement.

“I made a video for PragerU, while I was still in college, and I asked women about the wage gap,” Witt said. “I sent it to PragerU, they loved the video, and they posted it. I did it because I thought it would be infor­mative, enter­taining, and I saw myself doing things like this outside of school.”

Witt said what is unique to his videos, versus other “man-on-the-street” inter­views, is that he seeks to try to change the minds of those he inter­views.

“Do not tell them what you think, because they already think they know what you think,” Witt said. “They have to change their minds them­selves. Don’t tell them what to think, but show them how to think.”

Witt was brought to campus by the CSG club in order to encourage and show stu­dents how young con­ser­v­a­tives can make a dif­ference on their college cam­puses.

“When I was out in Los Angeles for a Con­vention of States internship trip, one of our days, we had a tour of PragerU Studios, and someone asked us, ‘Oh, Will Witt’s in the studio. Do you want to meet him?,’ so we did,” member of CSG and junior Jack McPherson said. “We passed along his contact infor­mation to Emily Heubaum, and she brought him out for Cit­izens for Self-Gov­er­nance.”

Pres­ident of CSG and junior Emily Heubaum said she sent Witt the headline and talking points they wanted him to speak to stu­dents about, and he came up with the lecture himself.

“A popular mis­con­ception among con­ser­v­ative youth at large col­leges is that Hillsdale is just an echochamber,” Heubaum said. “Will said that he found Hillsdale to not be that way and a mis­con­ception coming in, espe­cially since he goes all over the country to speak to con­ser­v­ative youth at dif­ferent col­leges.”

During his lecture, Witt encouraged stu­dents with several prac­tical steps on how to exactly “beat the Left, but also make friends.”

“We need to con­vince lib­erals that they are our friends,” he said. “Many people have con­ser­v­ative, or [clas­si­cally] liberal, ideas without even knowing it. We all want the same outcome.”

Witt’s final point during his lecture and what he deemed as the most important was to encourage stu­dents to live out their values and never com­promise.

“Never sac­rifice your values for any­thing or anyone,” Witt said. “I get a lot of hate for what I believe, but it’s a part of the job.”

Stu­dents who were unsure of Witt’s con­ser­v­ative values and stances walked away with changed opinions.

“I wasn’t totally sure who Will was before I went to the lecture,” junior Matthew Clark said. “I was expecting more of a tirade against the Left, but instead, he talked about engaging their minds to change them.”

And, members of the CSG club were excited to have Witt as their guest on campus, feeling it marked a huge accom­plishment for the club.

“It makes me proud for a club like CSG to bring out a high-profile guest like him out here,” McPherson said.