At Conservative Youth Conference, Speakers Demonize ‘The Left’ As Treasonous

Candace Owens and Charlie Kirk.Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 2.0/Flickr

"Everything the left touches, it ruins. It is a force for destruction," right-wing writer Dennis Prager told the youth.

America’s political left has ruined the NFL, the nuclear family, the Boy Scouts, and essentially “hates America”, according to numerous speakers at Turning Point USA's annual Student Action Summit.

Business Insider reported on Thursday that thousands of young Trump supporters gathered in West Palm Beach, Florida last week, sporting their bright red MAGA hats as they listened to a parade of speakers describing how “the left” is out to destroy the United States and everything they hold dear.

The young, enthusiastic attendees are the future of American conservatism, evidence that Trumpism isn't going anywhere — even if Trump loses in 2020.

Over the course of the four-day event, attendees were educated on all of the ways that speakers said the political left had turned various demographics into "victims" and pushed people away from taking "personal responsibility," as they were simultaneously told of ways in which conservatives were under attack and being victimized by liberals.

Speakers told the attendees, the vast majority of whom were white, that they were part of an oppressed minority in the US because of their political beliefs.

Conservative radio host and writer Dennis Prager kicked off the conference telling the young people that, “The left is a cancer in Western civilization.”

"Nobody hates like the left hates," Prager said. "Liberty is not a left-wing value. Everything the left touches, it ruins. It is a force for destruction."

Dennis Prager.Gage Skidmore/CC BY-SA 2.0/Flickr

Turning Point USA’s communications director, Candace Owens — who recently said America’s youth are drawn to Trump because he is “punk rock” and rebellious — blasted “modern feminism” during her time at the mic:

"Modern feminism is an absolute disaster and can I just say that what happened to Brett Kavanaugh is an absolute abomination," Owens said to cheers from the crowd as she also suggested men who support "modern feminism" aren't really men.

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Alongside feminism, the conference decried Islam — during a session called “F U-nity: Addressing Terrorism on Campuses”, Turning Point's director of Israel and Jewish outreach Sophia Witt told the crowd that all Muslims are “radical”.

Witt said, "I don't even want to call it 'radical Islam' — it's just 'Islam.’"

The conference featured an array of speakers, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka, the Brexit architect Nigel Farage, and the Fox News hosts Jesse Watters, Tucker Carlson, and Greg Gutfeld. This was not an event at the periphery of the political right but smack dab at the heart of it.

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These young conservatives feel ostracized by their peers for their political views but also seem to perceive themselves as rebels bravely standing against the mainstream. They reject neoconservatism and liberalism, don't trust the federal government, have a religious-like disdain for socialism, a fervent passion for capitalism, and a vocal resentment of the media. They're unapologetically nationalistic and salivate at the phrase "border security."

In short, they've fully embraced Trumpism — in some cases before they're even eligible to vote.

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