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Turning Point USA, the Professor Watch List and The Campus Free Speech Act
by Dr. Danny Weil, ESQ
Friday Feb 2nd, 2018 5:31 PM
The Reichpubs and Turning Point USA promote Campus Censorship Act
The Reichpubs have a new plan that has not hit the news much. It is called Turning Point USA, an alt-right, billionaire astro-turf organization, headed by a 24 year old, former Breitbart writer and Bannon supporter named Charlie Kirk.

Besides stealing and buying elections for Student Government at major universities with Dark Money; running a Professor Watch List for professors that do not heave and ho for the free marketplace or are considered un-American, Turning Point USA (TPUSA) is busy with state legislators working in 21 states to pass "The Campus Free Speech Act", a gross inversion of free speech under the canopy of protecting free speech.

These efforts, coming on the heels of a TPUSA member that was outted by Jane Mayer and the New Yorker for stating, “I hate all black people. Like fukk them all... I hate blacks. End of story.”

President Trump was told to tweat his support for the group right after the comment was exposed.


The Professor Watch List now stands at 227 professors throughout the US and is growing. Many professors have been threatened, harassed and are in fear for their safety and have reached out to their unions and provosts, but to not much avail. Seems the administration at many campuses are worried that Turning Point USA and their high-paid legal counsel(s) might sue their colleges.

I personally know a teacher that has been harassed by fascist Ivan Throne on several ocassions.

Throne spoke at a TPUSA event
There are many more living and teaching in fear. This is all part of Bannon’s strategy of tension.

Running a Professor Watch List that is used by on the ground fascists like Ivan Throne to harass and intimidate professors, and drafting legislation that prevents free speech in the name of free speech is vomit inducing, even for hard core Orwellians. That it is defended by Trump, comes as little surprise.


Turning Point USA is busy involved with drafting ‘gallows speech’ legislation for campus free speech in 21 states and counting that will mean the noose for students, professors, teachers and the US public.

The bill has two parts below and as you will see the corporate demos will be cornered and then kidney punched into accepting it, or they face the wrath of the field day, fifth columnist movement that Bannon, Breitbart, Trump, and the fascists have started among disenfranchised youth.

From Turning Point News regarding the Campus Free Speech Act:

According to Aiden Mattis, a student and TPUSA member at Penn State, Ohio where TPUSA has been gaining ground, a bill he is working on has provisions that allow students or organizations on campus to file complaints against their institutions of higher learning in state court if they believe the institution has censored their legally protected speech.

"Legally actionable offenses include establishing free speech zones on campus, penalizing “hate speech,” charging prohibitively high security fees for events or banning student groups because of ideology."

Mattis is clone of Charlie and it seems Mattis himself has a soft spot for fascists.

One shouldn’t be surprise, Richard Spencer has a large presence at the rust-belt state campus.

According to educational researcher and investigator, Dahn Shaulis who has read the bill and provided the majority of research for this article and many others:

“The model legislation presented and explained in this brief does several things:
• It creates an official university policy that strongly affirms the importance of free expression, nullifying any existing restrictive speech codes in the process.
• It prevents administrators from disinviting speakers, no matter how controversial, whom members of the campus community wish to hear from.
• It establishes a system of disciplinary sanctions for students and anyone else who interferes with the free-speech rights of others.
• It allows persons whose free-speech rights have been improperly infringed by the university to recover court costs and attorney’s fees.
• It reaffirms the principle that universities, at the official institutional level, ought to remain neutral on issues of public controversy to encourage the widest possible range of opinion and dialogue within the university itself.
• It ensures that students will be informed of the official policy on free expression.
• It authorizes a special subcommittee of the university board of trustees to issue a yearly report to the public, the trustees, the governor, and the legislature on the administrative handling of free-speech issues”(, collegemeltdown [at]
Same thing is going down in Nebraska where the legislature is bought off with Koch brothers money and TPUSA influence.

It already passed in North Carolina

Here's the model legislation

Yep, the Goldwater Institute.

And you thought they were hiding?


The proposed legislation is so onerous that it also bans student protests with what is called a ‘heckler’s veto’. The group is trying to stop people from protesting at alt-right speeches on campus by clamming their speech!

From Turning Point News regarding the Campus Free Speech Act:

"The Campus Free Expression Act not only seeks to enshrine freedom of speech in all outdoor spaces on campus, but it also looks to defend individuals from the so-called “heckler’s veto.”

According to Adam Sabes of Campus Reform, this is to be done by banning protesters from disrupting any scheduled events, and “imposing a fine of up to $100,000 for a single violation, plus reasonable court costs and attorney fees.”

All in the name of freedom of speech.

Right now, Turning Point has $8 million dollars and they haven't even started. They are a running right wing sore that moves by leaps and bounds at campuses all over the US, with 1,300 HS and Colleges and Universities under their money belt. Their donors range from the DeVos family, to Roger Stone the Nixon fixer and bully man for Trump, major foundations and billionaire philanthropirates.

You can take a look at some of their supporters here:

But this hardly reveals the extent of the Dark Money the group receives.

Their phony claims as to not having the freedom to speak is a ruse that doesn’t even pass the smell test. TPUSA and their billionaire supporters are using Turning Point to pass legislation that makes censorship free speech and harassment liberty.

A lawyer for the group, Sally Wagenmaker, denied that the group violated any laws.

"Turning Point USA works diligently to comply entirely with all relevant laws and regulations governing not-for-profit organizations. Turning Point USA focuses on fiscal conservatism, free market economics, and related student education and advocacy, all completely within applicable Section 501(c)(3) legal constraints,” she said.

Trump praises conservative group one day after report alleging racial bias

Alliance for Defending Freedom has handled Turning Point USA’s legal problems in the past. They are a ginned up, right wing Christian group. Seems that they have their bases covered with billionaire and religious largess.

That this group would qualify for, and call itself a charity is unconscionable and legally actionable.
A public interest attorney must come forward to help with the costs and time needed to legally confront TPUSA.

But more than a lawsuit to stop their use of the government tax code to promote their agenda, they must be met with resistance from both the administrations of colleges and more importantly, by a united coalition of professors, students and working people throughout the US.

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Just an added note for readers. The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the group that Turning Point USA's lawyer is from, is on the list of the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-LGBT hate group and was:

"Founded by some 30 leaders of the Christian Right, the Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal advocacy and training group that has supported the recriminalization of homosexuality in the U.S. and criminalization abroad; has defended state-sanctioned sterilization of trans people abroad; has linked homosexuality to pedophilia and claims that a “homosexual agenda” will destroy Christianity and society. ADF also works to develop “religious liberty” legislation and case law that will allow the denial of goods and services to LGBT people on the basis of religion. Despite its regular defamation of LGBT people, the group has managed to win special advisory status at the United Nations, in the European Union, and with the Organization of American States."

Can we say more?
In 2017, Turning Point USA offered cash rewards for high school and college students who would silence liberals. The Unsung Heroes awards were sponsored by the foundation of billionaire Vernon K. Krieble.

According to TPUSA promotional materials, the awards were for those who would fight for "positive change" including "eliminating a free speech zone, de-funding a liberal cause on campus, removing a biased and untruthful textbook from the curriculum, etc."

The Unsung Heroes winners were Marcus Fotenos (UC-Boulder), Joshua Recalde-Martinez (Orange Coast College), Kate Koptenko (Broward College), Bradley Barber (North Carolina State University), Jake Leahy (Deerfield Illinois High School), and Timothy McKeeby (Grand Valley State University), and Kathryn Hinderaker (St. Olaf College).

Fotenos lost his student body seat after it was revealed that he was bribing students to vote for him with cakes and pizza.

according to the OC Register, Joshua Recalde-Martinez "became a spokesman of sorts, defending the rights of a fellow Republican student threatened with suspension for secretly videotaping an instructor calling the election of Donald Trump '“an act of terrorism.'" Today, he’s "the youngest party officer in the California GOP."

Kate Koptenko is may be most noted for her tribute song to Donald Trump called "Make America Great Again: Political Correctness."
by Dahn Shaulis
Sunday Feb 4th, 2018 2:14 AM
Charlie Kirk is trying to distance himself from neo-nazis after violence erupted at Colorado State University.

But Turning Point USA is racist at the core. That's what Jane Mayer at the New Yorker found out, and something I noted in my analysis of TPUSA.

1. Charlie Kirk's claim that his slot at West Point was taken by a less qualified woman of color
2. TPUSA News' publishing 100 stories that mentioned Black Lives Matter
3. Calling "Why the Caged Bird Sings" pornography
4. Lead organizer Crystal Clanton exposed as a racist
by Dr. Danny Weil, ESQ
Thursday Feb 8th, 2018 10:35 AM
FYI: Colby Weatherspoon, the TPUSA campus coordinator at UNC-Greensboro is a member of the white nationalist group Proud Boys. Check out his twitter.

by Dr. Danny Weil, ESQ
Saturday Feb 10th, 2018 9:58 AM

The pitched battle over campus free speech is expanding into state legislatures, with eight enacting laws on the issue, and more than a dozen others considering measures aimed at protecting First Amendment rights in colleges and universities.

Florida, Nebraska and Texas are in the midst of acting on introduced bills on campus free speech, and measures are pending in roughly 10 other states.

They will corner the corporate demos. They will say how can you not support free speech? And the corporate demos will cave, a they always do.

States that have already enacted campus free speech laws are Virginia, Missouri, Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin, according to the National Council of State Legislatures.
by Dr. Danny Weil, ESQ
Saturday Feb 10th, 2018 10:06 AM
And did we also see these?
by Dr. Danny Weil, ESQ
Saturday Feb 10th, 2018 10:09 AM
Among the things that Mr. Kirk has mastered--much to the bamboozling of his audience--is the affect of fake outrage and pretend victimhood. He's not merely a benefactor of white privilege; he's entire marketing scheme depends on its preservation. Here are the facts: Mr. Kirk obviously knows absolutely nothing about structural or institutionalized racism. He knows nothing about the grossly unjust penal system. He knows nothing about the trampling of the rights of indigenous peoples. He knows nothing about voter suppression. But he has no excuse. He is nothing but a charlatan defending his privileged status, foisting the absurd claim that conservative students are victims of liberal professors.

He takes himself to be entitled to prognosticate about what university education ought to look like with not an once of experience inside a college classroom. He defends a president whose view of women is patently misogynist. He denies the facts of science concerning climate change. He runs a hit list of professors who dare to take academic freedom seriously and teach subjects like science and economics, and he seeks to intimidate and silence them by posting flagrantly misleading hit articles from Alt-Right sources like Campus Reform, Breitbart, and FIRE. Fortunately there are professors out here who can see through this charade. We will not be silenced by TPUSA, it's effort at a witch hunt, or its cult leader. We will do the thing Mr. Kirk fears more than anything: educate. For more, please see: And then read:
by Dr. Danny Weil, ESQ
Saturday Feb 10th, 2018 10:35 AM
Elliot Rodger, the 22-year-old who killed six students in the college town of Isla Vista in 2014, was the first "alt-right killer" to strike in recent years, according to a new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The report counts Rodger among 13 alleged alt-right killers whose actions left 43 people dead and more than 60 injured since 2014.

The alleged perpetrators were all men and most were under 30 years of age, the report says. The common thread: All participated in the "far-right ecosystem that defines the alt-right."

One of them made several references to Rodger before carrying out his attack last year, the report says.

It is all part of a conscious, planned system of fear and intimidation and Turning Point is helping fuel the hate.
by Dr. Danny Weil, ESQ
Sunday Feb 11th, 2018 9:41 AM

"All of this has created a climate where large scale Alt-Lite groups like Turning Point USA feel like they have free reign of the campus and where an Alt-Right and neo-Nazi organizer can walk around “smiling” because they know the school administration will do nothing."

They are so right!

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