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Turning Point USA launched its Johnston chapter last week and celebrated with a pizza party at a local restaurant. A group of students from area schools and colleges heard from numerous speakers — including local school board members and state legislators.

It was an evening of celebration.


But Leftists on social media are bothered at the idea Iowa students may be influenced by someone — or something — other than indoctrinators in the classroom.

This photo has seemingly angered liberals.

Randy Richardson, former organizer with Iowans for Public Education, encouraged people who live in Johnston, Muscatine and Fairfield to attend legislative coffee events and ask Representatives Eddie Andrews, Mark Cisneros and Jeff Shipley if they believe teachers don’t love America.

Richardson also expressed concern over Turning Point recruiting junior high students at Pleasant Valley.

”Talk about indoctrinating kids,” he wrote.

Richardson couldn’t believe “public school kids” would oppose public schools and promote the idea of school choice, as the Mason City Turning Point chapter has done.

Former Democrat State Rep. Karin Derry, who lost to Andrews, said the sign is “very offensive to educators.”

“Rather than encouraging students to respect teachers, he’s reinforcing the li that teachers don’t love our country,” Derry wrote. “He owes Iowa teachers a public apology.”

Derry is especially triggered at Turning Point’s suggestion that the Left’s narrative of “toxic masculinity” leads to weak men and, in turn, a weak society.

“We must protect masculinity and conservative family values,” a tweet from Turning Point said on Jan. 15.

Derry called that idea one example of TPUSA’s “extreme views.”

”I shudder to think of young women and men being exposed to this kind of thinking,” Derry wrote.

Nevermind the fact that for years Leftists have worked to incorporate their own views into the curriculum of every subject in every grade.

And now they’re raging about students voluntarily participating in a group that, well, works to maintain sanity at a time Leftist educators are working to undo controversial ideas like, oh, I don’t know…gender being the same as sex, body parts determining which bathroom somebody uses and that only women can get pregnant.

If you’re interested in learning more about getting involved with Turning Point USA, visit this link.

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