Turning Point USA launches British chapter to rocky reception - 2019-02-04
In recent years, the non-profit Turning Point USA (TPUSA) has become one of the country's most influential right-wing organizations.
Since being founded by conservative activist Charlie Kirk in 2012, TPUSA has grown to have a presence at over 1,300 college campuses and high schools. It's 2018 Student Action Summit in West Palm Beach drew high-profile conservative speakers like Fox's Tucker Carlson, Dr. Jordan Peterson, and Donald Trump Jr. Kirk has also been a frequent guest on Fox News, and has rubbed shoulders with President Trump.
Now, the group is looking to branch out overseas, establishing the first Turning Point UK (TPUK) chapter last week. Conservative Members of Parliament, perhaps looking for any distraction from the endless Brexit negotiations, quickly heaped on the praise. Ardent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg retweeted TPUK's launch video saying the "left has no monopoly on the 'young'" — which was then retweeted by Nigel Farage, another hardline Brexiteer and Trump acolyte. Conservative MP Steve Baker said TPUK "could be huge," while Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin referred to the organization as "the future."