This year’s Kootenai County Republican Central Committee’s annual Lincoln Day fundraiser was the largest held since 2008 – 475 guests in total, 40 more than the previous record, reports Coeur d’Alene News.  The attendees hung signs on the walls that supported President Trump and the conservative movement. Many read ‘Idaho is Trump country’ and ‘Make America Great Again.’

Here, conservative politicians, supporters, and dignitaries heard from speakers such as Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, Rep. Russ Fulcher (R-ID), and Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID).

However, Charlie Kirk, the founder of Turning Point USA, was the keynote speaker:

“The main event came toward the end of the evening as Kirk, 25, who formed his nonprofit when he was just 18, delivered strong rhetoric about the divisions between the parties and what he has witnessed while visiting America’s campuses and engaging with the country’s youth.”

While at the event, Kirk’s overarching message was the deep “culture war” in America.  “Universities are teaching hatred for America to our youth,” Kirk said. “The greatest threat to our country is college and universities right now.  Number one threat to our country, without a shadow of a doubt. They are programming hatred into the minds of our youth — to hate America, to hate free markets, to hate the idea of God, to hate the flag, to hate everything that we stand for.”

Kirk elucidated that many people do not believe that his fight on college campuses is necessary, saying, “Far too often I hear people say, ‘Well Charlie, college campuses are a place where different ideas are allowed to be exchanged.’”

He went on:

“You must be talking about a far different place than universities today. These are islands of totalitarianism where Marxist ideology has become mainstream, where students are indoctrinated, not educated, where if you dare disagree with professor, your grade will be lower, but if you might start a college conservative group called Turning Point USA at University of California Berkeley, you might get punched in the face, which is what happened [in February].”

Kirk closed his speech clarifying that the Left has taken over college campuses, making this demographic where the Left stems from.  He states that the Left and the Right have two different visions of where they want future America to be, going as far as to say that the Left is “going a completely different direction.”

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