The Washington Post reports:
As the 2024 presidential election cycle gets underway, the political arm of Turning Point USA, the influential right-wing nonprofit run by Charlie Kirk, is losing a key asset: Students for Trump. The separation follows a failed effort by Kirk’s main deputy, Tyler Bowyer, to assert greater control over the Students for Trump accounts. The changes floated would have included removing the Trump name and renaming the accounts as official Turning Point properties.
The idea fell flat with Students for Trump’s national chairman, Ryan Fournier, according to people familiar with the discussions. Fournier indicated that he wanted the identification with Trump to remain explicit. Galas hosted by Turning Point at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida over the past two years have featured vehement debate among donors about whether nominating Trump again would harm the party’s prospects.
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Fournier last appeared on JMG in October 2022 when he attacked a GOP candidate for legal work defending people charged with drunk driving. Fournier’s posts came as he himself was facing a second DUI charge that included fleeing to evade arrest.
As you may recall, the other Students For Trump founder, John Lambert, was sentenced to 13 months in prison in 2021 for masquerading as a lawyer with an Ivy League degree.
Fournier, who reportedly helped Lambert create a fake law firm, testified against him, presumably in return for avoiding charges. Fournier has over one million Twitter followers and is also a co-founder of Turning Point Action.
Exclusive: The split shows how Turning Point USA and its affiliates are wrestling with their identity as parts of the GOP seek out a Trump alternative. https://t.co/eWByt3NmVl
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