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Donald Trump Jr. Booed Off The Stage By His Father’s Supporters And Twitter Is Living For It

Donald Trump Jr. fled his own book tour appearance at the University of California – Los Angeles after 20 minutes of booing. While it is not uncommon for members of the president’s family to incite protests, what’s peculiar about this one is that Trump Jr.’s detractors were also his father’s supporters. 

To quote Inae Oh of Mother Jones, “white nationalists” are beginning to “eat their own.” Could this signal another internal splintering of the Republican party following the dissident Tea Party Movement’s full integration into the GOP during the 2010s? Only time will tell but in the meantime, Twitter is too busy cackling at Trump Jr.’s flop of an appearance. 

Young Republicans were triggered during Trump Jr.’s appearance to promote his new book Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us. 

Trump Jr. was at UCLA with his girlfriend Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle to promote his new book Triggered. The book essentially serves to make fun of members of the Democratic party who are known to want to end racism, sexism, climate change, and inhumane practices like torture and family separation. 

Triggered makes a mockery of political correctness. It claims members of the left want to silence those on the right despite his and hundreds of other conservatives receiving book publishing contracts, public speaking gigs like this one and numerous other opportunities to receive money in exchange for espousing their worldview. 

Little irony was lost when Trump Jr. refused to do a Q&A with the conservative audience — which they interpreted as “being silenced.” The audience began to boo incessantly — which silenced him. Guilfoyle began to reprimand the audience who she implied were incels.  

“You’re not making your parents proud by being rude and disruptive and discourteous,” she said. “I bet you engage and go on online dating because you’re impressing no one here to get a date in person.” 

The far-far-right was protesting the far-right, in a bizarre turn of events. 

After 20 minutes, Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle fled the scene. The event was intended to last at least two hours. The audience chanted “USA! USA!” Then “Q and A! Q and A!” But Trump Jr. could not get a word in before fleeing. 

This is where things get confusing. Trump Jr.’s appearance was arranged by Turning Point USA, a group that brings controversial conservative speakers to college campuses. CBS News has described TPUSA as a “far-right organization.” 

The group is led by Charlie Kirk who according to Media Matters, “is a pro-Trump troll. […] He has a history of pushing right-wing hoaxes and conspiracy theories.” 

People like Kirk spread these conspiracies, they tend to be repeated by real political figures, then end up getting coverage on Fox News, which the President watches and then those lies get reposted on Twitter by him. When conspiracy theories become normalized as truth in a political party things get messy. 

Conspiracy theories shared amongst Republicans are dividing Republicans.

The protestors at Trump Jr.’s appearance support him and his father but they are considered far-far-right and oppose Charlie Kirk. These detractors are followers of Nick Fuentes, a 21-year-old white nationalist. According to The Guardian, Fuentes and his supporters believe a conspiracy that the President is being controlled by secret members of a “deep state” who won’t let him do what he really wants — a conspiracy spread by Kirk as recently as last week, except many far-far-right members now believe Kirk is a part of that deep state. 

Kirk is accused by them of not being hard enough on immigration, not being Christian enough, and being too supportive of LGBTQ+ people. 

“Charlie Kirk is a FAKE CONSERVATIVE that promotes the LGBT agenda, supports immigration policies that hurt the American worker, and says that America is simply a worthless ‘placeholder.’ Kirk was virulently anti-Trump until we won the nomination. He is hurting MAGA!” Fuentes tweeted about the incident.

Basically, it turned into a which group is more pro-Trump than the other.

“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,” Joe and Orion Miles, who booed Trump Jr., told The Guardian.

Two far-right groups who spread conspiracy theories and support Trump are fighting each other because the conspiracies they shared amongst one another have told them to. As Oh notes in Mother Jones, conservatives will call-out the racism of other conservatives if it benefits them, but “have little to say about their own roles in encouraging hatred, white nationalism, and anti-Semitism for a new generation. The chaos on Sunday is the kind of thing you should expect when young conservatives are trained to be at the front lines of the culture wars, armed with ‘fake news’ chants and hashtag-ready taunts.”

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