White Renegade of the Year — 2019
The White Renegade of the Year is the man who could have done the most good for his people, but instead did the most harm. Charlie Kirk is 2019’s renegade. His organization Turning Point USA could have been a real force for American nationalism, but he has led it up yet another Conservatism Inc. blind alley.
Tuning Point USA’s budget is reportedly over $10 million and may be $20 million in 2020. It boasts over 130,000 members, including high school students, college students, and recent graduates. It has more than 50 chapters. President Trump and his son Donald, Jr. have spoken at its meetings. It is Conservatism Inc.’s youth wing.
And TPUSA is not entirely a sellout caricature. Ann Coulter spoke at its December student leadership conference, where she argued that immigration is the most important issue because it changes everything else. If you support gun rights and oppose socialism, you must limit Third World immigration. Politics is downstream from culture, but culture is downstream from demographics.
Deliberately or not, Miss Coulter was accusing TPUSA of irrelevance, because Turning Point USA has little to say about this critical issue. Its chapter handbook on “activism ideas” doesn’t contain the word “immigration.” The handbook does talk about “affirmative action bake sales,” but even College Republicans have been putting them on for more than decade.
TPUSA opposes affirmative action only because it’s “inadvertent[ly] racist” and another way “big government sucks!” Its handbook lists four different ways to protest “debt,” but President Trump, whom TPUSA claims to love, piled on trillions more in federal debt.
TPUSA is everywhere on social media. Yet memes such as “Let me get this straight: You’re on food stamps but you can afford an iPhone” don’t appeal to young people. Audience surveys show these slogans appeal to older Americans, namely, potential donors.
On his personal Twitter account, Mr. Kirk often blames failing cities on “Democrats” instead of race. Others challenge him to explain well-run Democrat cities (with mostly white populations.) He ignores them.
Turning Point USA is not afraid of race — just white people. This year, the group hosted “leadership summits” for blacks, Hispanics, Jews, and women. Nothing for whites.
Charlie Kirk has debated leftists, despite TPUSA’s memes claiming Communism is racist and murderous. He’ll debate a radical leftist, but not Nick Fuentes.
TPUSA blasts “political correctness” and mocks people who are “offended,” but it enforces political correctness. For example, in June, its “brand ambassador” Ashley St. Clair mocked Donald Trump supporters, immigration restrictionists, and even her own organization. TPUSA did not fire her. However, after she simply appeared in a picture with Nick Fuentes, she was gone. Contempt for President Trump’s supporters is forgivable, but even casual association with the “far right” is not.
In June, Mr. Kirk called America “just a placeholder” for ideas, in contrast to Israel, which is a real nation. Only later — and after much criticism — did he explain his remarks, calling America a “place, a people, a history.”
In recent months, the “Groyper Wars” exposed TPUSA’s hypocrisy. Mr. Kirk is eager to challenge leftists to debate, or at least to dismiss them with a zinger, but he seems to be afraid of nationalists.
In September, Mr. Kirk claimed being American has nothing to do with color or religion, said American identity is an ideology, and called an ethnically homogeneous America “insane.” TPUSA claimed this “DESTROYED” ethno-nationalism.
Two months ago, a young questioner asked whether “American ideals” could survive a non-white majority. Mr. Kirk said it is a “racist ideal” to believe “race and ideology are somehow intertwined together.” He further claimed that “the black community is an inherently conservative community.” Needless to say, blacks are clamoring to vote against President Trump.
After nationalists pressured him, Mr. Kirk claimed he supported cutting legal immigration, but he opposes a moratorium and believes that whites should win over non-white voters to conservative ideals. “His continued refusal to talk about demographics in good faith does little to inspire confidence that his movement has a plan for an American future,” wrote Matthew Boose of American Greatness.
In November, nationalists heckled Mr. Kirk, Donald Trump Jr., and Kimberly Guilfoyle off the stage after they refused to let the audience ask questions at an event. Miss Guilfoyle’s irrelevant and insulting reaction: “I bet you engage and go on online dating because you’re impressing no one here to get a date in person.”
At its most recent conference, TPUSA kicked out Nick Fuentes. The Bulwark, a neoconservative publication, credited TPUSA’s attacks on nationalists with Young Americans for Freedom’s decision to cut ties with Michelle Malkin. I’ve also heard reports — I can’t disclose details — that Mr. Kirk personally called conservative groups, pressuring them to fire people who speak well of Mr. Fuentes or the so-called “Groypers.” Nick Fuentes reports similar tantrums.
Why does this matter? Isn’t this all petty Beltway Right infighting? It’s President Trump who is appointing bad judges and failing his supporters.
The fact is, it’s not about Donald Trump. In 2019, no white advocate or civic nationalist believes President Trump will save us. However, his triumph is slowly changing the GOP into a nationalist party, and without that transformation the Republicans will die. Virginia’s quick shift from red to blue shows that the GOP mustn’t ignore demographic change.
Leading nationalists such as Tucker Carlson, Josh Hawley, Michelle Malkin, and Ann Coulter are doing their best to push America-first policies, but a nationalist movement must be led by young people. Instead of creating new activists, Turning Point USA is exploiting them. It’s funneling would-be nationalists into the same, stale Conservatism Inc. talking points and positions that could lead to disaster in 2020. Instead of attacking political correctness, TPUSA is reinforcing it and purging rightists.
To be fair, Mr. Kirk isn’t anti-white. He’s not a leftist. He’s got a stronger immigration position than most Republicans. His opponents are also our opponents.
But the hour is late, and Charlie Kirk is in the way. He’s built another multimillion-dollar dead end for young Americans. After decades of failure, we can’t afford scams like this. We’re out of time.
The country can’t survive another generation of “conservative leaders” who are terrified of race, demography, and identity. Young Americans, especially whites, don’t need “#BigGovSucks” hashtags. They don’t need more leadership summits for minorities. They don’t need more tributes to Israel.
They need a group that puts America First. They need young people who declare, without apology, not only that It’s OK to Be White, but that it’s OK for America to stay white. They don’t need Charlie Kirk or TPUSA.