Hell, undoubtedly

Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch’entrate ought to have been inscribed on the exit doorways of the Phoenix airport. Tremble and weep in horror at this thorough description of the Turning Level USA convention.

‘Twas the weekend earlier than Christmas when Charlie Kirk and Turning Level USA hosted a large, sold-out 4-day conservative youth convention that includes 10,000 teenagers and younger adults screaming for Dennis Prager, the Fox Information lineup, January 6-plotting politicians, a dancing James O’Keefe, and former energetic shooter Kyle Rittenhouse in Phoenix, AZ. AmericaFest was positioned in the identical constructing the place Arizona holds it’s yearly ComicCon and the format was eerily comparable. It featured an exhibitor corridor full of merch cubicles and meet-n-greets, besides as an alternative of getting an image with Spider-Man one may get an image with Jack “Pizzagate” Posobiec or accused baby trafficker Rep. Matt Gaetz. As a substitute of shopping for an overpriced Avenue Fighter figurine, you could possibly purchase an $500 bedazzled gun purse or “make investments” in Let’s Go Brandon cryptocurrency. Tickets for this mega convention reached as much as $750, with folks flying in from all around the nation to see their favourite TPUSA-sponsored influencer preaching the advantages of white Christian American hypercapitalism. Lodges within the close by space provided package deal offers so the whole downtown space was overrun with 20-somethings in blue and sizzling pink tailor-made fits and Trump hats for the whole lengthy weekend.

Hate is as standard as comedian books, I suppose. You couldn’t pay me to set foot in that corridor.

Faith, and extra particularly Christian supremacy, was current all through the weekend. Lining the road main as much as the convention, males with graphic anti-choice indicators handed out pamphlets for AbortionNO. Turning Level Religion was a co-sponsor of the convention and had a big sales space with free merch advocating for the merging of politics and faith, speeches all through the weekend typically unfold an identical message. Creepy fetus dolls have been on show and fetal improvement commercials performed in between audio system, adopted by “BUY GOLD! BUY SILVER!” Anti-choice activist Abby Johnson was a speaker, hosted panels on “how you can combat abortion,” and likewise had a large merch sales space for her “Professional-Love Ministries.” Johnson has beforehand advocated for “family voting” the place solely the husband can vote and stated that it could be “sensible” for the police to racially profile her biracial son. Give Ship Go, the Christian supremacist crowdfunding website that platforms white nationalists and different extremist teams additionally had a merch and prayer sales space whereas the co-founder Jacob Wells joined a reception throughout the road with a corporation with ties to neo-Nazis (extra on that later).

Has white nationalism contaminated faith, or is faith tainting white nationalism? I can’t inform anymore. They’ve lengthy been entangled, and that is simply the emergence of a very virulent mutant pressure of each.

Comparable brochures got out on “gender id” however express transphobia was an ongoing theme from lots of the audio system as properly. Charlie Kirk took the stage a number of occasions throughout his occasion and demonizing trans folks was one in every of his most repeated factors. Dennis Prager lead the group in booing trans athletes and he rejected the time period “transphobic” fully, claiming it’s a “meaningless phrase,” implying that trans males, girls, and nonbinary folks don’t exist in any respect. The one transgender joke conservatives have was repeated numerous occasions this weekend. Nothing can really describe the pure hate within the crowd any time trans folks have been talked about. There have been 10,000 younger adults frothing on the mouth and scapegoating a tiny and very marginalized group for all of their perceived issues.

How transphobic is Charlie Kirk? This transphobic.

Horrible as that was, I’m going to need to nominate the Rittenhouse second because the low level of the occasion.

Day three of the conference was noticeably the busiest regardless of being on a Monday. Charlie Kirk endlessly bragged about how the sector, able to seating as much as 10,000 was crammed to capability. Kyle Rittenhouse was going to take the stage and his look was the already the subject of dialog all weekend. The day earlier than, within the snack line, I listened to 2 youngsters who have been giddy in pleasure over seeing Rittenhouse, speaking about his latest look on Louder With Crowder. Rep. Lauren Boebert swooned over Rittenhouse throughout her speech and later appeared in a photograph with him backstage. He was billed as “a VERY particular visitor” alongside Jack Posobiec, Drew Hernandez, and Elijah Schaffer. Earlier than strolling out, the three massive screens performed scenes from Tucker Carlson’s particular on Rittenhouse. The group stood to consideration and cheered as Kyle appeared on display then booed and laughed when his victims, Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber, and Gaige Grosskreutz got here on, together with the graphic photographs of their loss of life and accidents. The clip of Rittenhouse crying on the stand was met with shouts of “we love you Kyle!” He took the stage to flashes of pink, white, and blue filling the room as a Kyle Rittenhouse-themed rap music blasted. The screaming was deafening as they chanted his identify. A younger teenager behind me couldn’t cease repeating “primarily based, primarily based, primarily based.”

They confirmed gory photographs of the useless and wounded…and the viewers laughed about it? Jesus. There’s a crop of younger women and men I don’t need to ever meet.

Is that this America? Or is that this Hell?

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