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I went to Campus Clash hosted by the UGA chapter of Turning Point USA and here’s what happened.
Turning Point USA argues that college campuses are liberal brainwashing cesspools and students need to be encouraged to think for themselves. Campus Clash is geared towards college students and the event is put on by a group of college students, with the support of Turning Point USA. They had to change the venue four times, so they could accommodate everyone who wanted to attend.
The panel at Campus Clash at UGA consisted of a panel of four people:
Charlie Kirk, the founder of TPUSA
Candance Owens, spokeswoman and communications director for TPUSA;
Kimberly Guilfoyle, political commentator and former Assistant District Attorney
Donald Trump Jr., businessman and advisor to the President
The panel talked about the challenges of being a conservative on a college campus, identity politics, conservative ideas, and the President’s agenda. Their intention was to encourage and engages students to think outside of the liberal box that colleges and universities impose on them. The panelists spoke for about 20-30 minutes. Then, they opened it up for questions.
The UGA TPUSA chapter coordinated with Athens-Clarke County to have police officers nearby, streets closed, and a specific area for protesters. And yes, there were protests. While Athens is the most liberal county in Georgia, there aren’t a ton of protests in the area. To be honest, this was my first experience with protesters. I was caught off guard. As my friend and I were walking to stand in line, we passed the protesters holding their signs and chanting. These protesters weren’t rude or totally obnoxious, but it was a different story with the protesters inside the venue. They were very disruptive and completely ridiculous. They interrupted the speakers. Not only were they disruptive when they walked out, they also had people who were planted to ask questions.