Pro-Trump activist group Turning Point USA has publicly and permanently banned one of its members after a video circulated of the member making racist comments.
Here’s what we know
In a video that has circulated widely on social media, a University of Nevada at Las Vegas student and an unidentified young woman can be seen making offensive and racist comments, including the line, “We’re gonna run the country! White Power! F*** the n*****s!” Both of them also made white power hand gestures, while saying “white power.” The student was identified as the head of the university’s chapter of Turning Point USA.
This video has been viewed more than 5 million times since it was posted on Twitter on Thursday by the “revolutionary anarchist” website, It’s Going Down.
UNLV issued a statement on Friday that read:
A video of an individual identified as a UNLV student has been widely shared on social media. The abhorrent views and language expressed in the video are antithetical to the values of diversity and inclusion that we espouse at UNLV every day.
In an official statement released Friday, Turning Point USA said, “As soon as the video in question came to the attention of Turning Point USA staff, we swiftly and permanently removed the student from any current or future involvement with our organization.” The statement added that TPUSA had a “zero-tolerance policy for hate, no matter the medium or how dated the act or comment.” The organization also called the comments “abhorrent, un-American and disqualifying.”
Turning Point USA has fought accusations of racism in the past, including when its national communications director, Candace Owens, told attendees at an event in London in December that Adolf Hitler’s “problem” was trying to take his policies outside of Germany instead of just trying “to make Germany great.” Owens would later say that her comments had been misconstrued.