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GOP wunderkind now leans left

Kids go through phases.

Kids go through phases. For Jonathan Krohn, it turned out to be a conservative one.

You might remember him as the 14-year-old Republican wunderkind who gave speech at CPAC three-and-a-half years ago. He even wrote a book called Defining Conservatism: The Principles That will Bring Our Country Back before he was old enough to get his driver’s license.

That was then. Now, at age 17, he's picked up more left-leaning views along the way as he's matured.

"I don't think I had all the answers then. I don't think I have all the answers now," he explained to msnbc's Lawrence O’Donnell on why he ditched his social conservative ideas. "I just feel that it was really naive of me to think I knew everything then and not open my mind to the possibilities of other things being correct."

He counts himself as a fan of The Daily Show, reads The New Yorker and will be a freshman at NYU this year — traditionally not the a conservative school of choice — to study philosophy and film.

"I rather just have my building to have my opinion on any issue I want. And so, I laugh and started having more socially liberal positions after that."