[Statement] Turning Point USA Founder Charlie Kirk Issues Statement Following the Assault of Conservative Activists at TPUSA Recruitment Event at UC Berkeley

Feb. 21, 2019

BERKELEY, Calif. — During a Turning Point USA recruiting or “tabling” event at UC Berkeley on Upper Sproul Plaza around 3:29 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19, an assault against a conservative activist was caught on camera by nearby students. UCPD was immediately called however the suspect, presumed to be another UC Berkeley student, left the scene before police arrived.

In response. Turning Point USA Founder and President Charlie Kirk issues the following statement:

“The left always touts acceptance and tolerance until they they disagree with you. We at TPUSA will proudly tolerate anyone’s ideas, but we cannot tolerate violence.This assault reveals the hate and anger so many on the left harbor and that our student activists encounter on a daily basis. Our amazing grassroots organizers courageously face threats of violence and discrimination as they fight for the right for conservative voices to be heard on college campuses. I am proud of how our student activists at UC Berkeley comported themselves in what was a very scary and difficult situation.

“Sadly, if the roles were reversed and a conservative student wearing a MAGA hat had attacked a member of a leftist organization, the story would be a leading headline on the nightly news across all major networks. This is a hate crime pure and simple and the suspect should be held accountable. This should be a wakeup call for all of us – educators, students, political leaders and members of the media – regardless of where we fall on the political spectrum, violence like this must be taken seriously and dealt with immediately.”

The attack was captured on camera in excruciating detail, which was then posted to Twitter by Kirk. The assailant, wearing all black, repeatedly used profanities and called the conservative student activists a racist before striking him directly in the face. Police are asking for help in identifying and locating the suspect.

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About Turning Point USA

Turning Point USA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2012 by Charlie Kirk who was only 19 at the time. The organization’s mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government. Since its founding, Turning Point USA has embarked on a mission to build the most organized, active, and powerful conservative grassroots activist network on college campuses across the country. With a presence on over 1,400 college campuses and high schools across the country, Turning Point USA is the largest and fastest growing conservative youth organization in America.

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