Turning Point USA condemns neo-Nazi protesters outside conservative convention that drew Trump

The conservative group Turning Point USA condemned a group of neo-Nazis who gathered Saturday night outside its convention in Tampa, Florida, which also drew former President Trump and other high-profile Republicans as guest speakers.

The group of neo-Nazis at the Turning Point USA (TPUSA) Student Action Summit at the Tampa Convention Center waved flags with swastikas and held up anti-Semitic signs, according to local media.

TPUSA spokesman Andrew Kolvet said on Sunday that the group “100% condemns these ideologies in the strongest terms” and said neo-Nazis had “nothing to do” with the organization.

“Since these individuals were on public property, our security attempted to remove them, but were not authorized. We have no idea who they are or why they were here,” Kolvet said in a statement.

“Our students, after initially confronting them, eventually took the path of maturity and left the space. Once that happened, these individuals left.

The Student Action Summit, which began Friday and ends Sunday, featured speeches from Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Sen. Rick Scott (R- Fla.) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), among others.

The neo-Nazi group Saturday night clashed verbally with left-leaning protesters, who were mostly demonstrating against the US Supreme Court’s decision last month to overturn Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion.

Photos taken by local Tampa outlet Creative Loafing show neo-Nazis in red shirts waving swastika flags and other blue flags that read “DeSantis Country.”

They also distributed flyers falsely claiming that Jews were behind the abortions. The flyers were created by the Goyim Defense League, an anti-Semitic hate group, Creative Loafing reported.

No one was injured or arrested and protest groups dispersed quietly, according to the outlet.

Florida Holocaust Museum President Mike Igel said Saturday that the “open and proud display of genocidal symbols poses a direct threat to the Jewish community” and called on all parties to condemn neo-Nazis.

“It’s not about politics or religion. It’s a matter of humanity,” Igel said in a statement. “It should concern everyone.”

The Twitter accounts of Greene, Gaetz, DeSantis and others who spoke at the rally did not mention neo-Nazis or condemn their presence. On Truth Social, Trump shared excerpts from his speech but did not mention neo-Nazis.

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