An event called “Prove Me Wrong” featuring Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk did not go according to plan at the University of Houston on Thursday, as Kirk was booed off stage by a contingent of young conservatives chanting “America First!”
Kirk and other prominent conservative commentators have found themselves entangled in a conflict with the “Groypers,” a loose assortment of young conservative activists who believe their concerns on immigration and social issues are ignored by the Republican establishment in lieu of currying favor with the Left.
Kirk dedicated the majority of his rhetoric at Thursday’s event towards his current feud with paleoconservative livestreamer Nick Fuentes.
The TPUSA founder, who has not shied away from labeling critics as “ethno-nationalists,” was asked by a young African-American student about previous tweets by Kirk that were disparaging towards President Donald J. Trump.
Kirk responded to the question by unveiling a hidden television and announcing that he would play a video of Fuentes making negative remarks about Trump in 2015.
The TPUSA video team had technical difficulties playing the requested footage, and the clip itself was apparently unconvincing to the conservative students, who booed Kirk off campus and chanted “America First!” until he disappeared from view.
CHARLIE KIRK RUNS FROM CAMPUS TO CHANTS OF "AMERICA FIRST"! DECISIVE VICTORY! pic.twitter.com/oC9zepqtCF
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THATS LIFE pic.twitter.com/wj6CSEWI5b
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Kirk is currently in the midst of a complex fragmentation war within the MAGA community, as many young conservatives view TPUSA as social liberals using Trump branding to secure power and influence.
FOX News host Tucker Carlson even made a veiled reference to Kirk’s “stapling green gards to diplomas” statements in a monologue on Monday.
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The negative backlash appears to induced a profound ideological shift for Kirk, as in a speech for his “Culture War” – spelled “The Cuture” on his website – tour on Tuesday he apologized for his neoliberal views on the F1 visa program.
Huge moment! Charlie Kirk walks back his “stapling green cards to diplomas” statement. admits “ I was wrong” @michellemalkin @AnnCoulter @JacobCLloyd @NickJFuentes @vdare @SteveFranssen @VDAREJamesK @OPTlCS__CZECH #CultureWar clipped from simonsasquatch on Dlive. pic.twitter.com/iS8x1kPSTK
— Americhad (@TheBavarianChad) November 13, 2019
“I’m gonna do something not a lot of people in politics are comfortable doing,” Kirk said. “I’m gonna admit I was wrong about something.”