According to the Daily Caller, Santa Clara University student senate has turned down a petition for the formation of a Turning Point USA chapter at their college, and all because leftist students and faculty said the formation of such a group would make them feel "unsafe."
During a meeting of the Associated Student Government, a group of 50 students and school employees took up an hour to explain why such a group should not exist on their campus right after a lengthy powerpoint presentation that attempted to tie Turning Point USA to white supremacist groups.
“It was a lot of repetitive stuff,” Caleb Alleva, one of the Turning Points USA petitioners, told The Daily Caller.
Opponents of the group insisted that a group promoting free trade and limited government on campus would make them feel “unsafe,” Alleva told TheDC.
“They were saying they were in danger but they couldn’t cite any facts,” the junior explained.
“A lot of them are lying about being afraid or they are genuinely in fear because of this false sense of danger promulgated by the media that anyone who is vaguely conservative is a Nazi or a white supremacist,” Alleva said.
According to student senator David Warne, the plan to have Turning Point USA rejected from the campus appeared to revolve around making the group appear to be a white supremacist group, linking them to the likes of Richard Spencer, the alt-right, and Project Evropa, all popular names in the white supremacy movement.
“The club itself was early on connected with white supremacists, and indeed by someone on the university payroll,” Warne told TheDC.
“I believe what happened is they were told Turning Points USA is a white supremacy organization,” Alleva said.
The crowd opposing a Turning Points USA chapter on the Santa Clara campus made an especially big deal about Yiannopoulos, an openly gay Breitbart News editor and Donald Trump supporter.
“They kept trying to lump us together with Milo,” Alleva said.
Neither Identity Evropa, nor Spencer, nor Yiannopoulos are affiliated with Turning Points USA.
Turning Point USA spokesman Matt Lamb contacted Santa Clara's assistant director of student organizations Samantha Kibbish, who told them to apply again next quarter, and that the rejection of the group stemmed from the mood after the last election.
According to Warne, the students and employees that gathered to see to it that the conservative group never saw the light of day on this campus had come from the MultiCultural Center and the Santa Clara Community Action Program. Both of these groups are funded by the university itself.