- A conservative activist told a closed-door meeting it was “a great thing” that colleges had shut their campuses, suggesting that it would result in the Democratic Party receiving fewer votes from students, The Washington Post reported.
- Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, made the remarks at the Council for National Policy, a networking event for conservative activists and donors, according to The Post.
- The event was closed to the public, but The Post said it received video documentation of the event from an attendee.
- Kirk suggested that the closure of college campuses would limit students’ votes, and alleged without evidence that the Democrats were engaging in voter fraud on campuses, The Post reported.
- There is no evidence that Democrats have engaged in voter fraud on college campuses. Neither Kirk nor Turning Point USA have responded to a request for comment.
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A prominent pro-Trump activist was applauded after telling a conservative conference that shutting college campuses was “a great thing,” and suggesting without evidence that it would result in the Democratic Party getting fewer student votes, The Washington Post reported.
Charlie Kirk, the founder of the conservative youth group Turning Point USA, made the comments in August at the Council for National Policy, a networking event for influential Republican activists and donors.
The event was closed to the press, but The Post said it had received extensive video documentation of the group’s meetings over three days in February and three days in August.
‘Like half a million votes off the table’
At an August event, Kirk claimed without evidence that Democrats conducted voter fraud on college campuses, and celebrated “like half a million votes” being “off the table” due to closures from the coronavirus, The Post reported.
According to The Post, he said to cheers from the audience: “The Democrats have done a really foolish thing by shutting down all these campuses — foolish for them.”
“It’s going to remove ballot harvesting opportunities and all their voter fraud they usually do on college campuses,” he said. “So they’re actually removing like half a million votes off the table so please, keep the campuses closed. Like, it’s a great thing.”
The remark prompted applause and cheers from the audience, The Post reported.
There is currently no evidence that the Democrats have engaged in voter fraud on campuses. Business Insider has approached Kirk and Turning Point for further comment.
Kirk’s comments came as Trump and his allies publicly argued against lockdowns and called for schools and colleges to reopen.
In July, Trump said he wanted to get schools open “quickly, beautifully, in the