Trump-Favored Student Group’s Chat Room Is Full Of Racist Chatter

on March 22, 2018 in Washington, DC.
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 22: U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with conservative activist Charlie Kirk at a forum dubbed the Generation Next Summit at the White House on March 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. The me... WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 22: U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with conservative activist Charlie Kirk at a forum dubbed the Generation Next Summit at the White House on March 22, 2018 in Washington, DC. The meeting brought together young Americans with members of the Trump administration to discuss the economy, tax reform and the opioid crisis. Kirk is founder of Turning Point USA, a right-wing nonprofit organization that since 2016 has maintained a watchlist of university professors that it alleges "discriminate against conservative students and advance leftist propaganda in the classroom." (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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A WhatsApp group chat room for a Florida university’s chapter of Turning Point USA, the right-wing campus group promoted by the President and his family, is full of racist chatter, Miami New Times revealed Wednesday.

New Times received leaked chat logs from Florida International University’s year-old TPUSA chapter, including of one member who responded to a question about how “edgy” the group’s “meme game” could be by responding: “avoid using the n word and don’t reference [white nationalist leader] Richard Spencer too much and don’t Jew hate … all the time”

TPUSA was founded by Charlie Kirk (above, right) and has since faced countless scandals over offensive behavior among its rank-and-file members and leadership (not to mention questions about whether it violated campaign finance law).

As HuffPost put it in April, “Turning Point USA keeps accidentally hiring racists,” including its former national field director, Crystal Clanton, who once told a fellow TPUSA employee in a text message: “I HATE BLACK PEOPLE.”

Kirk interviewed President Donald Trump at the White House in March. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed the TPUSA High School Leadership Summit in July, laughing at one point when the audience chanted “lock her up!” Donald Trump Jr. wrote the foreword to Kirk’s recent, critically panned book, and appears with him often at events nationwide.

Elsewhere in the chat logs obtained by New Times, per the magazine:

Members joke about watching underage cartoon pornography and deporting Latina women, and, in the most repugnant case, share racist “Pepe the Frog” memes showing Syrian men raping a white Swedish woman at gunpoint.

Read New Times’ full report here.

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