'They Don't Want Debate': Kirk Says Left Wants 'Monopoly of Ideas' on College Campuses
Turning Point USA President Charlie Kirk joined Shannon Bream on "Fox News @ Night" Wednesday to call out continued attempts from the left to silence conservatives on college campuses.
Texas State University student government officials on Monday voted in favor of a resolution to ban the university's chapter of Turning Point USA, a conservative organization founded by Kirk in 2012 whose stated mission is "to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government."
The resolution accused Turning Point USA of a "creating hostile working and learning environments" and "upholding and enforcing racism or white supremacy."
Dean of Students Margarita Arellano subsequently released a statement, saying that the student government does not have the independent authority to ban a recognized student organization.
The statement said that student organizations cannot be barred unless they are “under disciplinary sanctions,” adding that the university's Turning Point USA group is “not currently under disciplinary sanction.”
On "Fox News @ Night" Wednesday, Kirk said the criticism of his organization is "totally and completely baseless."
"The left hates the idea that there are other ideas," Kirk said. "It's too bad that we as a country have not moved for a place where you're allowed to hear another idea without wanting to shut it up or silence it."
He commended the university's administration for overriding the resolution and allowing the chapter to remain on campus.
Host Shannon Bream noted that troubling video shows students harassing and shouting profanities at Turning Point USA members after Monday's vote.
"Why are they so threatened by these ideas? Because we're having success," Kirk said. "They don't want a marketplace of ideas. They don't want debate and dialogue and discussion. They would rather have a monopoly of those ideas of a college campus."
Watch the "Fox News @ Night" above.