‘Here for bad optics’: So-called ‘Nazis’ at TPUSA event seen as ‘Fed Op,’ group quick to split when confronted

A group of self-proclaimed Nazis appeared outside Turning Point USA’s Student Action Summit conference this weekend in Tampa, but critics say all the evidence points to them once again having been Democrats in disguise.

Some of the evidence was provided by Tayler Hansen, a field reporter with the conservative outlet Next News Network.

When Hansen asked the Nazis why they’d shown up together, they feigned ignorance and acted as if they’d each come out there individually.

“This is a common reoccurrence. These people show up, give bad optics. I mean, they’re at a damn high school event right now. I asked them why they’re here at a high school event, why they chose this, and if they’re organized. They said no, we’re not organized, we just all showed up,” Hansen said in a video recording.

“So they just all showed up individually and decided that they’re all going to be Nazis and wave Nazi flags outside a high school event allegedly without even communicating with each other.”

He added that this clearly makes no sense.

“Because that make a lot of sense. They were able to just sync their minds and all come in here at the same time with no Telegram group chats, no group chats to organize, absolutely no organization, they said. Yet they’re all here doing the exact same things,” he said.

Hansen also noted that the ostensible Nazis kept contradicting one another.

“I’m asking them, trying to get them to take their masks off. They won’t. They say it’s because of where they work. Their stories have contracted each other over and over again,” he said.

“One man said that his parents were murdered by a black man and that’s why he’s out here. He’s allegedly 18 years old. And his story keeps contradicting itself.”

In his opinion, the self-identified Nazis were imposters who showed up to smear Turning Point USA and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis so that the media would then pick up the smear and broadcast it to the entire world.

“These people are lying. These people are here for bad optics, to give bad optics to Turning Point USA so you can have left-wing journalists … pick up these stories, saying, hey look at this Nazi holding up a Ron DeSantis sign. That means Ron DeSantis is a Nazi and his base is Nazis. It is so obvious what’s going on right here right now.”

He reportedly wasn’t wrong about “left-wing journalists” rushing to link the alleged Nazis with the Republican Party:

Turning Point USA for its part condemned the Nazis.

“They have nothing to do with TPUSA, our event, or our students. Our students took the mature route and vacated the space the Nazi flag holders were in. Once that happened, they left,” a spokesperson told local media outlet Creative Loafing.

Hansen also wasn’t wrong to point out that this is a “common reoccurrence.” Something similar occurred last year when ostensible white supremacists showed up to an event for then-GOP Virginia gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin.

Their presence at the event triggered widespread media coverage. Yet it was later learned that the ostensible white supremacists were imposters who’d been sent to the event by the Lincoln Project, a far-left group that exists to smear Republicans.

Regarding the ostensible Nazis seen outside the Turning Point USA event this weekend, the media have seemingly abstained from reporting that the event’s attendees confronted them.

“Along with conservative media, TPUSA students and conference attendees shouted down the small group of so-called Nazis who quickly dispersed,” according to The Post Millennial.

The performance by the ostensible Nazis also provoked condemnation from the nearby Florida Holocaust Museum.

“Openly and proudly displaying genocidal symbols is a direct threat to the Jewish community. Carrying the Nazi flag, or that of the SS, the organization responsible for some of the worst atrocities of the Holocaust, is an indefensible act of pure hatred,” the museum’s chairman, Mike Igel, said in a statement.

“This isn’t about politics or religion. It’s about humanity. The Florida Holocaust Museum calls upon everyone, Jew and non-Jew, regardless of political affiliation, to condemn this blatant antisemitism in the strongest possible terms. This should matter to everyone.”

Incidentally, he concluded the statement by giving a shout-out to DeSantis.

“Today’s demonstration shows we have much work left to do but we thank Governor Ron DeSantis and Florida’s Legislature for their leadership this year to significantly expand The Florida Holocaust Museum’s ability to educate students, our community and state about the atrocities of the Holocaust and to show the way forward to a future free of hate.

Don’t expect to hear much about this praise from the media …


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