Days After Its Disastrous British Launch, Turning Point Has Already Lost One Of Its Star Recruits - 2019-02-08
They were here to start a culture war, and Charlie Kirk was looking forward to the backlash.
"There will be retaliation, there will be protest," the 25-year-old founder of Turning Point USA, a right-wing student organisation with close links to Donald Trump, said in London recently as he described plans for an assault on British university campuses. "You will see that it takes individuals to go straight into the fire to start a movement."
But already some of the Tory activists Kirk recruited to launch Turning Point in the UK are having second thoughts about its war on "cultural marxism", according to several people familiar with their internal discussions. Within days of the launch, one of the "influencers" tapped to front the campaign has distanced himself from the group, BuzzFeed News has learned.
"There was a sense of people realising, 'Who are these cranks?'," one source said.