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Trump-Linked Right Wing College Group Blasted by Top Members for Attempt to ‘Exploit’ Mollie Tibbetts Murder

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Turning Point USA is under fire from some of its top members after, they say, it attempted to exploit the murder of Mollie Tibbetts. The right wing conservative college activist group with strong Trump ties has quickly become the face of young Republicans, despite its founder’s false remarks and repeated accusations of racism against the organization.

On Friday, the executive board of one of TPUSA’s supposed 350 college campus chapters resigned. As they detail in an open letter (below), founder Charlie Kirk and director of communications Candace Owens wanted to hold an “immigration event” on the campus of the University of Iowa, in response to the murder of Tibbetts.

Mollie Tibbetts was a student at the University of Iowa. Right wing media and the Trump administration have been using her murder, allegedly by an undocumented immigrant, as a rallying cry to support the president’s demonization of all immigrants.

The executive board of the University of Iowa’s TPUSA chapter “respectfully decline[d]” the request.

“We find it in poor taste to exploit the death to suit a political agenda,” they write. Saying they “would like time to grieve and mourn,” they note they “are all shocked, hurting, and in need of more respect than what was given to us by Turning Point USA.”

The board members also denounce the “public harassment from Turning Point USA’s Communications Director, Candace Owens.” Owens and Kirk are frequent Fox News guests.

Here’s a copy of their letter:

TPUSA is funded by longtime Republican Foster Friess, a billionaire evangelical Christian perhaps best known for saying the only birth control women only need is keeping an aspirin between their knees. He was endorsed by President Trump in his failed attempt to become governor of Wyoming, losing the primary race this week.

TPUSA works closely with Donald Trump Jr., who has spoken at their rallies and frequently retweets Charlie Kirk. President Trump was interviewed by Kirk, and Kirk has also appeared in Trump campaign propaganda, like this.

Last month, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions joined in a “lock her up” chant while speaking at a TPUSA rally, The New York Times profiled the group in an article titled, “A Place Where Conservative Teenagers Feel Free to Be Themselves.”

Image: TPUSA University off Iowa chapter Facebook page

 

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‘You Falsely Smeared My Wife and She’s Getting Death Threats’: Eric Swalwell Posts Angry Texts With Tucker Carlson

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On Friday, The Daily Beast reported that Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) posted screenshots of an angry argument between him and Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who wanted to get him on the phone for a call.

“Tucker, I’m hesitant to do that. You falsely smeared my wife on Tuesday and she’s getting death threats,” said Swalwell, referring to a retracted Fox News story alleging that Swalwell’s campaign funneled money to a business employing his wife. “That’s way out of bounds. She’s a pregnant mom of a 4-year-old and a 2-year-old. Hit me all you like. But to go after her. That’s just wrong.”

“Carlson responded by calling the Democrat a ‘coward’ and then apparently phoning him a few minutes later,” reported Blake Montgomery. “Swalwell tweeted, ‘I’m just not that into you.'”

Swalwell, the second-highest ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has long been a target of rage for conservatives. Carlson has also accused Swalwell of aiding a Chinese spy — although experts have made clear that Swalwell in fact properly worked with the FBI to help upon learning the spy had tried to get information from him.

 

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WATCH: Biden Leaves Conservative Reporter Speechless After Bringing Up the GOP’s QAnon Problem

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A blunt-talking President Joe Biden shut down a conservative reporter on Thursday night who asked if Democrats are defunding police departments — firing back with a question about a QAnon claim that left the reporter grasping for an answer.

As Biden walked across the South Lawn, he engaged with Shelby Talcott from the conservative Daily Caller following his town hall event in Cincinnati. The exchange went like this, according to White House transcripts:

“Mr. President, can you clarify what you said about no — that there’s no — no one in the Democratic Party is anti-police”‘ Talcott asked.

“I didn’t say that,” Biden replied before adding, ” I said that that — that is not the Democratic Party’s position. I’m the Democratic Party; I am President. So is the Speaker of the House and so is the –- the Majority Leader. We are not defunding the police.”

“Okay,” she replied before asking, “And are there people who — in the Democratic Party, who want to defund the police?”

“Are there people in the Republican Party who think we’re sucking the blood out of kids?” Biden shot back. His response left Talcott fumbling as Biden stared then turned on his heel and walked away.

Biden’s comments has since infuriated conservatives — a sampling of which can be seen below:

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Sanders Promises She ‘Will Not’ Take Basic Steps to Fight COVID if Elected, Blasts Biden for Not Praising Trump

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GOP candidate for Arkansas governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday offered a list of promises of what she would not do to help end the coronavirus pandemic if elected. She did criticize President Joe Biden, saying he should praise his predecessor for “helping get this vaccine created safely, quickly and effectively.”

Sanders, who served as President Donald Trump’s White House press secretary, told Fox News, “If I’m elected governor here in Arkansas, we will not have mask mandates, we will not have mandates on the vaccine, we will not shut down churches and schools and other large gatherings because we believe in personal freedom and responsibility. It’s one of the key cornerstones frankly of our country.”

She did not offer any examples of what she would do to combat the deadly virus that is once again spiking across the country.

Arkansas is the country’s eighth-worst state in getting its population vaccinated. Just 44.7% of adults 18 and over have been fully inoculated.

Sanders then questioned President Biden’s and Vice President Kamala Harris’ level of seriousness “about helping save lives through the vaccine,” insisting “they should admit they were wrong when they cast doubt on Operation Warp Speed at the very beginning, and give President Trump and his administration the credit they are due for helping get this vaccine created safely, quickly and effectively, and into the hands of Americans.”

Many Americans believed President Trump would force the FDA to certify any vaccine to push it out too quickly in a desperate attempt to get re-elected. He repeatedly claimed the vaccine was coming far sooner than it did, and his own Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, in September claimed the coronavirus vaccine would be available by the end of that month.

“I think that would make a huge difference,” Sanders claimed, “and I think they should really take some responsibility and step up and fix the mistake that they made by casting so much doubt at the very beginning of this process.”

She also appeared to blame, falsely, the Biden administration for “politicization” of the vaccine.

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