Mask Denialist Charlie Kirk Laments COVID Death Of His Turning Point USA Co-Founder Bill Montgomery

Earlier this week Turning Point USA co-founder Charlie Kirk said face masks cause you to “infect yourself.”

And now there’s this:

The co-founder of conservative student group Turning Point USA, Bill Montgomery, has died from complications of the coronavirus, according to two friends of his. Montgomery, who started it in 2012 with young conservative star Charlie Kirk, died at the age of 80 on Tuesday from Covid-19, according to pro-Trump conservative strategist Caleb Hull, who posted about the death on Twitter and his personal Facebook page, and Chicago-based citizen journalist Vic Maggio.

In a statement memorializing Montgomery, Turning Point USA praised his role in elevating Kirk and the organization, calling him the group’s “first believer and senior advisor,” although Montgomery often described himself as a co-founder. Charlie Kirk said in an additional statement to POLITICO: “I can’t put into words how saddened I am by the death of my dear friend Bill Montgomery.” Over the course of the pandemic, Turning Point USA representatives have downplayed the impact of the coronavirus on public life.