Turning Point USA relies on fabricated controversy - 2019-04-05
Turning Point USA is an organization that is both incompetent and irrelevant. This week, the UConn chapter is hosting "Campus Clash," an event where we can likely expect Candace Owens and Charlie Kirk to whine about how conservative views are being suppressed on college campuses and how America's "left" is ruining the fabric of our nation. The fact that the university is already allowing these two to speak on campus (one of who was named the Christchurch shooter's biggest inspiration and who claims that Hitler would have been okay as long as he stayed within Germany's borders, and the other who has bad takes such as that liberals who protest Chik-Fil-A "are TRUE intolerant radicals") suggests that conservative opinions aren't being suppressed by the university administration in the slightest.
So how will Turning Point USA promote their claim that they are so helpless and oppressed on college campuses? The obvious method would be to point at those protesting the event, and try to create a narrative on how protestors are attempting to stifle the free speech of the speakers. However, from my personal conversations with the leadership of various left-leaning student groups on campus, few actually plan to give the event any recognition or notoriety, and the only protest information seems to have been posted by someone from the Industrial Workers of the World on Buy or Sell, which does not have a UConn student organization. With such a dismal protest turnout, how will Turning Point USA support this narrative?
Their ingenious solution was to ask College Democrats to lead a protest of the event. That's right, they thought it would be a good idea to coordinate with College Democrats, asking them to protest an event that they had no interest in protesting. This would allow the speakers to have a boogieman to point to when making their arguments, while also portraying the College Democrats in a poor light and having to assume liability in the unfortunate event that an actual "clash" occurs.