The 21-Year-Old Becoming a Major Player in Conservative Politics - 2015-03-25
A month after Montgomery met Kirk, the duo launched Turning Point USA. "Standing behind free markets and limited government," Kirk, now 21, told National Journal, the group is a conservative activist organization bent on drumming up excitement for conservative principles through community-organizing. Since launching Turning Point, Kirk has written op-eds for The Washington Times and Breitbart, appeared frequently on Fox News and CNBC, built a network of thousands of student activists around the country, and been entrusted with, he says, at least $1 million by donors enthralled by his conservative promise. His backers swear he's the future of conservative politics—and he's only just old enough to drink.
Kirk is smart—and not just for his age. He understands policy, tussling with fellow Fox News panelists on student loans, John Boehner's lawsuit against President Obama, and the perils of Obamacare. Despite his penchant for referring to snake people as the youth, Kirk, who has a pronounced Chicago accent, is a reasoned and articulate advocate for his peers who is taken seriously by older generations of conservatives.
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