Donald Trump Jr’s visit to University of California to promote his new book didn’t go according to plan when his audience demanded a Q&A session. After speaking about ‘Triggered’ and accusing the left of attempting to silence conservative’s voices, the President’s son left his own book launch after just 20 minutes after being heckled by the crowd.
The Guardian reports:
The audience was angry that Trump Jr and his girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, would not take questions. The loud shouts of “USA! USA!” that greeted Trump when he first appeared on the stage of a university lecture hall to promote his book Triggered: How The Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us quickly morphed into even louder, openly hostile chants of “Q and A! Q and A!
The 450-strong audience had just been told they would not be allowed to ask questions, “due to time constraints”.
At first, Trump and Guilfoyle tried to ignore the discontent, which originated with a fringe group of America Firsters who believe the Trump administration has been taken captive by a cabal of internationalists, free-traders, and apologists for mass immigration.
When the shouting would not subside, Trump Jr tried – and failed – to argue that taking questions from the floor risked creating soundbites that leftwing social media posters would abuse and distort. Nobody was buying that.
In minutes, the entire argument put forward by the president’s son – that he was willing to engage in dialogue but that it was the left that refused to tolerate free speech – crumbled.
“I’m willing to listen…” Trump began.
“Q and A! Q and A!” the audience yelled back.
“We’ll go into the lion’s den and talk …” Trump tried again.
“Then open the Q and A!” came the immediate response.
Guilfoyle, forced to shout to make herself heard, told students in the crowd: “You’re not making your parents proud by being rude and disruptive.”
She and Trump Jr left the stage moments later.
The Daily Bruin, UCLA’s student newspaper, paraphrased attendees as saying the event “contradicted itself” for not allowing questions. It also cited Daniel Blecker, a first-year student who went just to see what a pro-Trump event was like, as saying: “[Trump Jr. is] scared of being triggered by the questions people ask.”
Watch: Crowd begin to drown out Trump Jr.
Donald Trump Jr. says "we're willing to listen"
Crowd chants: "Q&A! Q&A!" pic.twitter.com/6CsfC5tfej
— Brett MacDonald (@TweetBrettMac) November 10, 2019
Watch: Guilfoyle come for the crowd:
Audience: We want to ask questions
TPUSA: Have sex incel
This will end well. pic.twitter.com/DrXlVyjIsk
— Mister AntiBully (@MisterAntiBully) November 10, 2019
Watch: Trump booed as he leaves the stage.
While the majority of the conservative-heavy crowd booed Trump Jr, it’s been suggested by some outlets that Charlie Kirk of TPUSA, who introduced the couple, was also a target of the protest.
The Guardian also reports:
A number of the loudest voices at Sunday’s event were supporters of Nick Fuentes, a 21-year-old activist with a podcast called America First that has taken particular aim at Turning Point USA and its 25-year-old founder, Charlie Kirk. In a number of his own recent campus appearances, Kirk has faced questions accusing him of being more interested in supporting Israel than in putting America first. He has responded by calling his detractors conspiracists and racists.