Exclusive – Charlie Kirk: ‘The American College System Is No Better than the Mexican Drug Cartel’

Charlie Kirk speaking with attendees at the June 3, 2022, Young Women's Leadership Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)
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Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk said, “The American college system is no better than the Mexican drug cartel,” during an interview with Breitbart News Saturday.

Kirk opened the interview talking about Turning Point USA and its Student Action Summit, which is taking place this weekend in Tampa, Florida.

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“All 50 states and nearly 3,000 high school and college chapters if you tabulate them together, it’s a remarkable thing,” Kirk said. “And you see it here in Tampa, I mean, you see over 5,000 students from all across America, that are here to get fired up to get training, to get empowerment.”

Kirk said his organization’s mission “is about education. It’s about passing American values from one generation to the other.”

“And so look, if you want to have hope for America come to a Turning Point USA event where you will see 5,000 young people, students, it’s a remarkable thing, that it really is,” Kirk continued.

Charlie Kirk, founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, speaks during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa, Florida, US, on Friday, July 22, 2022. Turning Point USA annual Student Action Summit invites thousands of student activists to listen to guest speakers, receive activism and leadership training, and participate in a series of networking events with political leaders and activist organizations. Photographer: Tristan Wheelock/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Charlie Kirk, founder and executive director of Turning Point USA, speaks during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit in Tampa, Florida, US, on Friday, July 22, 2022.  (Tristan Wheelock/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Breitbart News Saturday host Matthew Boyle asked Kirk to talk about his new book, The College Scam, which lays out a ten-count indictment against America’s college system.

“I believe that the American college system is no better than the Mexican drug cartel. I believe they are rigging the system against our students,” Kirk said. “They’re heavily subsidized by the American taxpayer. They’re indoctrinating children, they’re making America less free.”

Some of Kirk’s gripes with America’s education system include the high cost of tuition, its indoctrination, and the influence foreign actors have over it, he explained.

Kirk said, “I talked about the financial impossibility of going to these schools, I talked about how they are indoctrination factories, I talked about how they are influenced by foreign actors, and how they have been infiltrated by the Chinese Communist Party and other, let’s just say, clandestine Middle Eastern interests that have infiltrated the American educational cartel. And yet we keep on sending our kids to the schools. And that is the mystery to me.”

Kirk also talked about conservative students who are “getting mistreated across the board” at most American colleges.

“I can tell you right now that what we are seeing and experiencing on the front lines are students that are getting graded down, they are getting treated just terribly, they’re getting mistreated across the board,” Kirk concluded. “And what we have seen and what we are going to continue to see is actually conservative students starting to rise up, we have so many new Turning Point USA chapters that are popping up across America.”

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