Young conservatives: ‘We’re under attack’


A political action summit for young conservatives took place in Florida this week. Attendees wore Make America Great Again hats and waved Trump for America flags as they celebrated the president.

About 3,000 students from campuses nationwide gathered at the Palm Beach County convention center for the four-day winter summit, hosted by Turning Point USA. The mission statement of the youthful activist group promotes “non-partisan debate, dialogue and discussion”, but their real message was printed on placards placed on every seat: “Big government sucks.”

Headline speakers at the celebratory event ranged from former White House staffers Sebastian Gorka and Anthony Scaramucci to right wing commentators and broadcasters including Dennis Prager and Tomi Lahren. And every one of them warned the crowd of the dangers posed by the left, according to a report in The Guardian.

Donald Trump Jr, whose appearance received a rousing round of applause, told the students that faceless government officials were behind special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

“There is, and there are, people at the highest levels of government that don’t want to let America be America,” Trump Jr told the audience. “My father talked about rigged system during the campaign, and it is. Now we’re seeing it.”

Since the final years of the Obama administration, an atmosphere of intolerance for conservatives has made college campuses dangerous places for those who don’t agree with liberal notions of open borders and less government involvement.

According to Charlie Kirk, 24, founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, the line-up of people speaking at this week’s event has been maligned by the press.

“One of these dishonest reporters I was talking to a couple of weeks ago said, ‘Hey Charlie, it seems your speaker line-up is all people who love Trump and work for Fox News.’ I said, ‘That’s one of the most intellectually dishonest statements I’ve ever seen,'” recalled Kirk. He added, “It’s actually a very diverse group, racially diverse, ethnically diverse and philosophically diverse.”

Seeing a “culture war” erupt between left and right, Kirk noted how the discord has manifested in American universities. “I’ve found over the last couple of years how intolerant and dangerous college campuses have become for conservatives,” he said. “We find it unacceptable that students are kicked out of class for wearing Trump shirts or being ostracized for their beliefs. We’re not going to accept the campus culture as it is. We’re not going to play the victim card like we always accuse the left of doing. We’re going to be saying, ‘You know what? Yeah we’re under attack, let’s punch back twice as hard.’”

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