Donald Jr. and girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle were at the University of California at Los Angeles, where they were promoting Trump Jr.’s new book, Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.
According to The Guardian, a number of conservatives –some in “Make America Great Again” caps and pro-Trump looks– began to shout at the president’s son 20 minutes into the event that was moderated by Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk. This happened after learning the Q & A session had been canceled.
Video from the event shows chanting
“U-S-A! U-S-A!” turning quickly into angry cries of “Q-and-A! Q-and-A!”
Trump Jr. said,
“Name a time when conservatives have disrupted even the furthest leftist on a college campus. It doesn’t happen that way. We’re willing to listen.”
A member of the audience interrupted with a shout:
“Then open the Q&A!”
Trump Jr. answered,
“See what I mean?. And that is the problem. And the reason oftentimes it doesn’t make sense to do the Q&A is not because we’re not willing to talk about the questions, cause we do. No. It’s because people hijack it with nonsense looking to go for some sort of sound bite.
You have people spreading nonsense, spreading hate, trying to take over the room.”
The roar of the crowd shouting “Q&A!” grew louder and Guilfoyle lost her shit. She shouted back,
“No, it’s because you’re not making your parents proud by being rude and disruptive and discourteous. We are happy to answer a question. Respect the people around you so that they can hear.”
When the crowd continued to demand a chance to ask questions, Guilfoyle got nasty,
“Let me tell you something, I bet you engage and go on online dating because you’re impressing no one here to get a date in person.”
The yelling got louder and the two stormed off the stage.
The chaotic scene exposed an increasingly hostile fissure between Turning Point USA, a consevative group and a hard-right faction of young Trump devotees who have flocked to self-professed “American Nationalist” Nicholas Fuentes.
Fuentes took credit for the protests on Sunday evening, tweeting,
“Our problem is not with [Trump Jr.] who is a patriot — We are supporters of his father! Our problem is with Charlie Kirk’s TPUSA organization that SHUTS DOWN and SMEARS socially conservative Christians and supporters of President Trump’s agenda. We are AMERICA FIRST!”
Two men at Sunday’s event, identified as Joe and Orion Miles, said they believe the pro-Trump movement has been spoiled by “fake conservatism” and that deep state operatives harm the president’s agenda.
“It was an absolute disaster for them. We wanted to ask questions about immigration and about Christianity, but they didn’t want to face those questions.”
About three dozen anti-Trump demonstrators played the drums and held “Trump/Pence Out Now” signs outside.
(Photo, screen grab; via WaPo)