Two Turning Point USA (TPUSA) chapter leaders from Kansas State University are leaving the organization for hypocrisy they have seen from the organization’s founder Charlie Kirk.
TPUSA chapter president Jaden McNeil and vice president Nick Ferrera announced their resignations on social media today, shortly after Kirk bullied questioners and played the victim during a tumultuous “Culture War” event at Ohio State University.
“My misgivings with TPUSA first arose in the aftermath of the Covington Catholic incident. Many TPUSA associates initially sided with the left-wing mob, condemning the innocent high school students for having the gall to smile in the face of an adult’s aggressive behavior,” McNeil wrote in his resignation letter.
“These TPUSA associates only changed their tune once it became safe to take the side of the MAGA-supporting Catholic high school students. This incident encapsulates the fair weather conservatism of TPUSA,” he added.
Kirk set the tone by joining in the media-driven witch hunt against the Covington kids, and his underlings soon followed suit. He was even forced to admit his errors in an op/ed after the students were vindicated.
“A viral video seemed to show “Make America Great Again” cap-wearing kids from a Kentucky Catholic high school jeering and mocking a Native American in the nation’s capital. Throngs of people took to Twitter to condemn the kids. I was one of them,” Kirk wrote.
Kirk admitted that he threw the Covington Catholic students under the bus despite no evidence ever being produced that the kids did anything wrong.
“It’s not that it had been taken out of context. It’s not that the situation was more complicated than we originally thought. It’s that there wasn’t anything there in the first place. There wasn’t now, and never had been, any evidence of the high school students doing anything untoward,” he wrote.
In his resignation letter, McNeil also challenged the organization’s dedication to social conservatism. He believes TPUSA has surrendered to the Left completely on social issues.
“I harbor no hatred toward homosexuals; however, as a conservative Christian, I do not believe that gay marriage and drag queens should be glorified and promoted,” McNeil explained.
“This particular situation is part of a much larger problem: TPUSA constantly cedes cultural ground to the Left while focusing primarily on economics. The organization often ignores social conservatism altogether,” he added.
McNeil also noted the hypocrisy of TPUSA, a supposed free speech organization, for ordering him to take down the following Twitter thread:
"I dont have to like what you say, but I'll fight like hell for your right to say it."
Yeah, you'll fight like hell if it's convenient for you, but the second it starts digging into that 6-7 figure cash flow, silence.
— Jaden McNeil 🇺🇸 (@McNeilJaden) October 28, 2019
The entire statements made by McNeil and Ferrera can be seen here:
— Jaden McNeil 🇺🇸 (@McNeilJaden) October 31, 2019
Additionally I will no longer recommend this organization to others. In my opinion, they do not uphold the principles they claim to support.
— Nick Ferrara (@thenickferrara) October 31, 2019
The hypocrisy of the organization was on full display this past weekend when Kirk was protected by jackbooted security forces at Politicon, to prevent debate and discussion from prominent paleoconservative critic Nick Fuentes.
Part two: pic.twitter.com/aPVBe0Zoo2
— Nicholas J. Fuentes (@NickJFuentes) October 27, 2019
Confirmed: they cancelled the Q&A because of me lol https://t.co/A3O3UasXCS
— Nicholas J. Fuentes (@NickJFuentes) October 27, 2019
Kirk has his Conservative Inc. cronies working overtime to do damage control on his behalf, but it is not helping him dig his way out of this hole. The grassroots revolt against Kirk and his pro-drag queen strand of conservatism continues to build, and has spread to his organization.
YOUR NEW MASTER: Twitter’s Head of Conversational Safety, a “Young, Queer Asian-American Businesswoman,” is “Rethinking” the Concept of User Safety
Do you trust someone like her to make Twitter “a safer place”?
The media company Protocol, a sister site of Politico, recently published an article about Twitter’s new “head of product for conversational safety,” Christine Su. It claims that Su, a “young, queer Asian-American businesswoman,” is revolutionizing what “user safety” on social media means.
Twitter hired Su around six months ago to be in charge of “what might be the most difficult task on Twitter,” despite having no apparent experience in politics, programming, and media relations. But Twitter seems to like her for her “creative” and “somewhat radical new ideas” about user safety.
“As a queer woman of color who is an Asian American in tech in rural America, that experience is a very intersectional one. I’ve had plenty of experiences moving through spaces where I wanted more safety,” Su said.
Protocol writes that Su’s vision incorporates “transformative and procedural justice.” Transformative justice ostensibly refers to a non-retributive form of repairing harm done to someone and preventing it from happening again; procedural justice to enacting a set of rules that “make harm rarer in the first place.”
This all sounds nice and dandy—but beware. So-called transformative and procedural justice will not benefit you, but will crush you. Anything that’s perceived as “harmful” against “women and people from marginalized groups” can and will be used to censor you. Christine Su may reassuringly claim that “the point is not to make the entire world a safe space,” but she’s open about the fact that she will help give the Coalition of the Fringes more control over what people are allowed to do and say on Twitter.
Examples from the article:
- Creating an audio hangout feature called “Spaces,” which will allow users to determine who is allowed to participate, as well as who can speak and when. (Note that it’s being tested on “women and marginalized groups of people” first.)
- Potentially doubling down on functions that “encourage people to read content before reposting it.” (Which is exclusively done to censor or limit the reach of conservative and other right-wing content.)
- Building tools that “create private pathways for apologies, forgiveness and deescalation.” (The finer details are still a work in progress according to Su.)
- Defining what a “meaningful conversation” is. (Would people like Su think that anything right-wingers say or believe belongs in a “meaningful conversation”? Let’s just say I wouldn’t bet money on it…)
You know full well that a company like Facebook would shortly follow suit. After all, it’s not just Twitter that Su is “revolutionizing,” but the concept of social media itself. Figure out where all this is heading.
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