The Daily Caller reports that the student senate at Santa Clara University rejected a petition by Turning Point USA, a conservative activism group, to form a campus chapter. The reason? Opponents of the group complained that having a conservative group on campus would make them feel “unsafe.”
The rejection occurred last Thursday night during a meeting of the Associated Student Government at the Jesuit school in Silicon Valley. For about an hour, a standing-room only group of about 50 students and a handful of school employees expressed their concerns about having a conservative organization of a few students on campus.
The petitioners gave a short presentation about their desire to form a campus chapter of Turning Point USA, a national student activist group which endorses “fiscal responsibility, free markets, and limited government.” This agenda apparently inspired fear and panic among the willfully blind, left-leaning Santa Clara students, who equate conservatism with Nazism.
Caleb Alleva, one of the Turning Point USA petitioners, told The Daily Caller that the opponents insisted a campus conservative group made them feel “unsafe.” That's a curious concern considering that the vast preponderance of violence, both pre- and post-election, has come from the radical left.
“They were saying they were in danger but they couldn’t cite any facts,” Alleva explained. That's no surprise, of course, because the left operates in the realm of feelings, not facts.
“A lot of them are lying about being afraid or they are genuinely in fear because of this false sense of danger promulgated by the media that anyone who is vaguely conservative is a Nazi or a white supremacist,” Alleva continued.
At a Jan. 26 meeting, a school employee had given Santa Clara student senators a lengthy PowerPoint presentation titled “White Nationalist, Alt-Right & Other Groups on College Campuses,” falsely linking Turning Point USA with white supremacists.
David Warne, a Santa Clara student senator, described the presentation: “The order of the presentation goes like this: White Nationalists—>Alt-Right—>Identity Evropa—>Richard Spencer—>Milo Yiannopoulos—>Turning Point USA,” Warne wrote in an email to The Daily Caller.
Identity Evropa is a hardcore white supremacist organization, and Richard Spencer is a proud alt-right white nationalist.
“I believe what happened is they were told Turning Point USA is a white supremacy organization,” Alleva said. “The club itself was early on connected with white supremacists, and indeed by someone on the university payroll,” Warne agreed.
The staffer who provided the PowerPoint document “later regretted putting Turning Point in the same slide show, and admitted it was inappropriate,” Warne said. But the smear was effective.
At the February 2nd meeting, the opposition “kept trying to lump us together with Milo,” Alleva said, referring, of course, to gay conservative Milo Yiannopoulos, who drives the left into a frenzy of violent hatred with his politically incorrect campus speaking engagements.
Turning Point USA has no connection with Identity Evropa, Spencer, nor Milo, although some Turning Point USA chapters on college campuses have invited the latter to speak. But the totalitarian left is opposed to free speech, so a mere invitation to hear Milo speak is enough for them to condemn Turning PointThe students and staffers who objected to the Santa Clara Turning Point USA chapter “primarily came from” the MultiCultural Center and the Santa Clara Community Action Program, two campus groups “with university funding and vast university resources,” Warne noted.
Ultimately the 26 student senators voted 16 to 10 to deny the Turning Point campus charter. Turning Point spokesman Matt Lamb contacted Samantha Kibbish, Santa Clara’s assistant director of student organizations, to ask about the rejection.
“She told the club to re-apply next quarter,” Lamb told The Daily Caller. “She also said that one reason the student senate likely rejected us was because of the ‘mood’ after the last election” -- presumably referring to the leftist rage over having lost the Presidency to a pro-America, pro-capitalism presidential candidate.