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Young conservatives should be clear of Turning Point USA



Conservative youth organization Turning Point USA made headlines this week when President Trump spoke at the group's "Teen Student Action Summit." TPUSA Founder and President Charlie Kirk was thrilled by the president's speech, bragging that a few teenagers "slept outside the door" to hear Trump's remarks.

TPUSA is starting to be attractive to many young people due to the organization's savvy marketing using memes, posters, and catchy slogans as "socialism sucks." And at first glance, this may seem like a good thing for the conservative movement.

But everyone should be concerned with the mainstreaming of TPUSA and Kirk. Turning Point claims to exist for the mission of "promoting the principles of fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government." In reality, it's an organization that pulls kids too young deeply troubled and dishonest at its core.

Turning Point's entire existence is deceptive. TPUSA has become a partisan, pro-Trump group, bowing to the whims of donors and the trump family while ignoring the wishes of staff and activists.

Kirk, for instance, has historically supported free trade. Until Trump did not.

Now, Kirk's Trump's trade policies, which are to some clear-headed person, are strikingly in opposition to TPUSA's original free-trade principles. In op-ed for the Hill, Kirk carries water for the president and attempts to defend Trump's protectionist record.

Kirk knows the president's trade practices are not in line with free market principles. His defense is not due to stupidity – it's calculated, thought out, and downright dishonest. He has chosen the Trump family's good graces.

To make matters worse, TPUSA has a troubling track record with racism. The Huffington Post reported that "Turning Point USA Keeps Accidentally Hiring Racists," and they are not exactly wrong. TPUSA came under hot water when the group's national field director texted a fellow employee "I HATE BLACK PEOPLE … I hate blacks. End of story. "

The group claimed to have taken" decisive action "in removing the employee within 72 hours. But the racism within the organization did not stop there.

Ironically, Kirk has replaced his national field director with someone who had a bit of baggage. In since-deleted tweets the newly hired employee uses the N-word, that said "I love making racist jokes", and stated that if you are "any other race than white," she promises to "Make racist jokes towards you."

The intense backlash prompted a memo from the HR department, offering complimentary background checks and encouraging employees to "lock down [their] social media."

The New Yorker [19659017] dived deeper into the racist history of the organization, interviewing Gabrielle Fequiere, a former employee of TPUSA.

Kirk has denied the allegations, saying they're "baseless" and "preposterous." "And obviously, these are just a few staffers and a handful of incidents but a nonetheless pattern.

Turning Point's bad faith engagement goes beyond racial lines. For some time, the group has repeated simplistic statements, calling the Left "cultural Marxists" who "do not want borders, genders, markets, traditions, or order."

In a recent tweet, Kirk even accused Democrats of supporting "[ing] back ISIS" and "kill [ing] every new job."

The move away Turning Point's original message has been created for the first time, which does include some principled, good people.

A current TPUSA staff member, who requested anonymity, confirmed to be that "the biggest issue by far is the disconnect between headquarters and field staff. Many field staff … value the original aspects of Turning Point. "We value free speech, limited government, personal freedoms, and the exchanging of ideas."

But that's not what the organization is about anymore – it's just a cheerleading front for President Trump. Young conservatives should avoid Turning Point USA at all costs.

Jordan Lancaster is a contributor to Red Alert Politics and a senior at Wake Forest University. [9090909090's's's'sjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjordjord 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 1945 fbq = function () {n.callMethod?
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