Op-Ed

Running your mouth: A sacred American tradition

Charlie Kirk is the 23-year-old founder of Turning Point USA, which is a conservative nonprofit responsible for the Professor Watchlist, which is today’s young conservative’s best hack at McCarthyism. He’s an entitled fellow from Wheeling, Illinois, who didn’t get into West Point and blames it on affirmative action, so he gave up on college and embraced the new American tradition of entering politics without education, experience, or expertise. The result is yet another young conservative talking head without any original thoughts who just says provocative stuff that we’re supposed to take seriously because “Hey, is that a young conservative? That’s unusual. We should pay attention.” (Right, Tomi?)

Turning Point USA (and to an extent those that founded and support it) is something of an alt-right organization, meaning its promoted ideals run the gamut from bad to plainly stupid and are generally antagonistic toward rational thought, kindness, and the advancement of the human race. I think it’s great that Charlie Kirk was invited and allowed to speak at the University of Illinois.

The University of Illinois hosted Charlie Kirk, a young conservative personality with a questionable relationship with facts, and Dane's okay with that.

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