Charlie Kirk, founder and president of the conservative student group Turning Point USA, was met with chants of “fascist” during a visit to Northern Arizona University (NAU) on Tuesday, as shown by clips shared on social media.
Kirk, 29, was visiting the campus at the Arizona university for an open debate titled, “Prove me wrong: The government is lying to you,” in which the conservative commentator was expected to discuss “cultural and political issues.” The event was free to attend and open to both NAU students and the wider public.
But Kirk, a controversial figure who has forged strong ties to Donald Trump and his family, was greeted at the university campus by a crowd of protesters, chanting “fascist” and holding signs reading “F*** you, fascist,” and “Trans rights = human rights.”
A video shared on X, formerly known as Twitter, by Jack Posobiec, a far-right activist who has more than 2 million followers on the platform, shows a crowd of students yelling “F*** you, fascist.”
“BREAKING: Charlie Kirk laughs as mob of smelly, overweight SJWs (social justice warriors) scream ‘F*** You, Fascist! F*** You Fascist!'” wrote Posobiec, commenting on the protest.
Another clip shared by Ron Filipkowski, a former attorney and editor-in-chief at liberal PAC Meidas Touch, shows Kirk standing in the middle of the crowd of students protesting his presence on the NAU campus. Kirk can be seen smiling and waving while several students make obscene gestures.
In another part of the video, Kirk—who had set up a booth on campus for his open debate—appears unable to deliver a speech due to protesters making a noise right in front of him. In the clip, nobody appears to be there to engage in conversation with him.
Newsweek contacted Turning Point USA and the organizer of the NAU debate for comment by email on Wednesday.
A post shared on social media and then published on Reddit shows that the protest against Kirk was organized by students ahead of his visit, calling for fellow protesters to bring pots, pans and wooden spoons, as well as other “noise makers,” to the demonstration, which they dubbed “Shut up fascist.”
Kirk has claimed that there were more supporters than protesters at the NAU campus. “Dear Mediaite,” he wrote on X in response to an article by Mediaite reporting on the protests. “You might want to watch this video and reconsider your headline. We had more supporters than opposition today.” The headline highlighted the negative chants that were directed towards him.
The clip shows people shouting “Charlie” over the chant of “fascist.”
Kirk shared another image from the student action in Arizona, showing a crowd of students, most of whom were women, protesting his presence, and used it to blame educated women for allegedly “ruining” the country.
“Angry, indoctrinated college women will ruin America if we let them,” he wrote.