President Donald Trump speaks at the Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit in Washington on July 23, 2019. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

BY BOWEN XIAO

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump spoke out against socialism and the growing radical left on the second day of Turning Point USA’s Teen Student Action Summit as he praised the young people in the room for putting America first. Turning Point is a conservative nonprofit organization that focuses on educating and organizing students.

“You are the ones who will make this a turning point,” he said to the over 1,000 high school and college students in the room. “Your generation will make the light and the glory of America shine brighter than ever before.”

Students came from all 50 states to attend the summit—a 4-day conference where they will hear from numerous conservative leaders and politicians—at Marriott Marquis, an upscale hotel located in the heart of Washington.

Some stayed overnight hoping to get a good seat to see the president. The audience palpitated with energy throughout the hour-long speech, with the median age of those attending around 16 years old, according to Benny Johnson, the chief creative officer at Turning Point.

The president touched upon multiple topics, including his “America First” agenda, but focused especially on the importance of free speech and how the radical left is increasingly shaping the Democratic Party and silencing conservatives.

He mentioned a video he saw of Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) screaming and being dragged out of a Trump rally before she was elected.

“This is not a sane person folks and this is what we are up against,” Trump said. “The Democrats are forced to back her, I call it AOC plus 3. The party are having to embrace them.”

“The Democrats … are being dragged into this radical left with these people that I believe, I honestly believe they hate our country,” Trump said, referring to the four congresswomen known as “the squad.”

The congresswomen include Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashia Tlaib (D-Mich.), and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.).

“This is representing us? This is not what we want representing us and I think that’s why we will have a tremendous victory in 2020,” Trump added.

Trump said there are other Democrats “worse” than the squad and that he could be naming them in the future. He said Americans should be grateful for their heritage.

Before the event officially started, a staff member told the crowd all adult VIP’s should head to the overflow room since the event was primarily for teenage students.

“I don’t know what they are going to do, they have a big problem,” Trump said, referring to the Democratic Party. “They have others than these four, I could name another 20 right now without looking at any notes. They are worse in some ways. At some point, we will be naming them.”

The radical left, Trump said, has “nothing but contempt for America’s heritage,” who sees citizens as “subjects to be controlled.” He said they have one fundamental objective—that of power—the power to control citizens and the power to destroy the foundation of the republic.

Socialism, he said, is nothing short of empty promises of free things. He pointed out that most of the current 2020 Democratic field supports giving illegal immigrants healthcare. Trump said these illegal immigrants are also coming out to vote.

“They vote many times, not just twice, not just three times. It’s a rigged deal,” he said. “The radical left is waging an assault on the rule of America. They want to get rid of our borders; abolish ICE and now they want to abolish Homeland security.”

But the American people forcefully reject these “hate-fuelled” attacks, Trump said.

Trump went off script at multiple points in his speech, at one point he praised newly elected prime minister Boris Johnson and in another he derided what he called the “fake news” for saying he had built no new border wall.

He also often commended the young people in the room for sticking with their values, and touted that wages among the youth were up 10 percent and that the “economic revival” under his administration is great news for anyone graduating.

Free Speech, A Pillar

The president touched upon the censorship from social media giants such as Facebook, Google, and Twitter and the college campuses that stifle the voices of conservative students.

He said these campuses won’t be getting the “billions” of money from the government.

On that note, Trump invited on stage Ryan Zink, a student who was at a Turning Point event that got hit with pepper spray by a leftist.

“We believe that free speech in our schools is at stake,” Zink said after shaking hands with Trump on stage. “Conservative students in many cases are being silenced and shutdown by schools, teachers, friends. We cannot be silenced.”

The president said his administration is “looking into a lot of things” in this arena and that they are exploring “every regulatory solution.” Trump signed an executive order on March 21 instructing colleges across the nation to protect free speech on their campuses—or else risk losing federal research funding.

“They have not treated us fairly,” Trump said about conservatives. “Everyone who speaks the truth is de-platformed, shut down … and in many cases assaulted.”

But he said this is starting to change.

“The silent majority is silent no more,” Trump told the crowd.

Trump also invited Hunter Richard to the stage, a student who was assaulted at a restaurant for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat. The assailant was later arrested after the incident was captured on video.

“I proudly wear my hat every time I go out of my house,” Richard said.

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