UPDATE: Conservative Speaker Charlie Kirk Appeared At The University of Florida

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - UPDATE (11/13/19):

Turning Point USA at UF released a statement that says the event was quote "hijacked by non-students with an agenda..."

That group referred to themselves as America First and "booed Kirk for condemning white nationalism as evil...."

Turning Point USA at UF's full statement is embedded at the bottom of this article.

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UPDATE (11/12)

Charlie Kirk wrapped up his speech at the University of Florida just under two hours ago. Kirk is the founder and president of Turning Point USA, a conservative national student movement. Outside and inside the venue were supporters along with protesters.

"America is the greatest country to ever exist in the history of the world," said kirk.

That was one of the first things' Kirk said to the crowd inside the university auditorium. One of the things Kirk said is that free speech is an important part of American society. His guest tonight graham Allen echoed that same message

"Free speech applies to everyone. Not just people you agree with," said Allen.

Protestors outside the auditorium were doing just that, exercising their freedom of speech.

"We are just here to support people who don't support these ideas," said Medina. "That's why we are out here today."

Allen said that is what this event and America is all about talking about different ideas and having an open mind. Medina says these types of political events are scary at some points.

No one was escorted out of the venue this evening. An ambassador for Turning Point USA says this was a successful event because people showed up.
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Conservative speaker Charlie Kirk is coming to the University of Florida campus today as part of his "Culture War" tour. Kirk is the founder of Turning Point USA an organization with affiliates on over 1,500 college campuses according to their website. The organization notes its goal is to promote activism around "freedom, free markets, and limited government."

The event is open to students and non-students with a valid form of ID. Tickets for the event are free. The event page says that no face coverings are allowed inside the venue. Other prohibited items include any bags or backpacks as well as sticks and poles...

The event's Facebook page invites people to hear Kirk as he addresses a number of points, including his stances on government, culture, and the political left. The event is scheduled for tonight at 7:00 PM in the University Auditorium on UF's main campus.

A representative for the organization said in an email to tv20 they are expecting protests at this event.

To find the full list of what is prohibited visit the link below, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/culture-war-at-university-of-florida-tickets-73320454453.