At an event for Turning Point USA over the weekend, a young protester suggested Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) was a Nazi and told the former Navy SEAL that he should be “ashamed” of his military service. The congressman’s response to the young man was direct and memorable.
“TPUSA is for Nazis and you should be ashamed of your service in Afghanistan,” some random teenager said as the crowd booed him. “It was an illegal war of aggression by the United States. You should be ashamed of yourself, not proud of your service.”
Crenshaw responded to the teen by saying: “If you have to call somebody a Nazi, it’s a good indicator that you haven’t thought through your argument very well.”
The teen stormed off after making his remarks and being booed by the crowd.
“That was fun, at least we had a little bit of…but get more creative with your insults, man,” Crenshaw added. “Like Nazi? C’mon.”
TPUSA’s Benny Johnson tweeted out a video of the incident, writing: “Imagine volunteering to fight for the military that beat the Nazis. Becoming a Navy SEAL. Serving 10 years. Deploying to war 3 times. Giving your eye (& almost your life) for your country. Just to return home & get called a ‘Nazi.'”
Members of TPUSA have faced increasingly hostile conditions on leftist campuses across the country in recent months as the political Left continues to become more extreme. In February, The Daily Wire reported:
Police at the University of California Berkeley were called to a student plaza on Tuesday after reports that a representative of the conservative Leadership Institute was physically assaulted by a man on the campus. Part of the assault was captured on cellphone video that has since been shared online by Turning Point USA, the conservative group the representative was reportedly helping train.
The Daily Californian was the first outlet to report the incident, which the student-run paper says took place on the Upper Sproul Plaza.
Citing a campus police alert that went out Wednesday, the paper reports that the alleged victim, a male Leadership Institute representative, “had been tabling for the conservative group Turning Point USA on Tuesday afternoon about 3:29 p.m. when two males approached the table.”
The victim told police that he and the two men became embroiled in a verbal altercation, at which point he began filming the escalating exchange with his phone. One of the two alleged attackers reportedly slapped the phone out of the activist’s hand and then overturned the table the group was using to recruit.
In March, “Two Tulane University sophomores and a student visiting from another school [were] accused of setting the door to another student’s dorm on fire early Saturday (March 23), according to Mike Strecker, a spokesman for the school,” Fox 8 reported.
“The incident was caught on security cameras, according to Strecker, and the students were identified as 21-year-old Robert Money and 20-year-old David Shelton,” Fox 8 added. “Strecker said the third person was identified as Naimi Okami, a 20-year-old Brown University student. All three were arrested late Saturday and booked into the Orleans Justice Center jail — each with one count of arson, online court records show.”
Strecker confirmed Lofton was the president of Tulane’s chapter of Turning Point USA.
Many prominent conservatives, including Donald Trump Jr., weighed in on the issue, with Trump Jr. tweeting: “Wonder if the media will report this horrible crime against a campus conservative?”