Conservative group Turning Point USA condemned a group of neo-Nazis who gathered Saturday night outside its convention in Tampa, Florida, which also attracted former President Trump and other prominent Republicans as guest speakers.
A neo-Nazi group at the Turning Point USA (TPUSA) Student Action Summit at the Tampa Convention Center waved swastika flags and raised anti-Semitic banners, according to local media reports.
TPUSA spokesman Andrew Colvett said Sunday that the group “condemns these ideologies 100% in the strongest terms” and said neo-Nazis had “nothing to do” with the organization.
Since these individuals were on public property, our security tried to get them out, but they weren’t allowed to. “We have no idea about them or why they are here,” Colvett said in a statement.
“Our students, after initially confronting them, eventually took the mature path and vacated the place. Once that happened, these individuals left.”
Student Work Summit, which started Friday and ends on Sunday, Featured speeches From Trump, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green (R-Ga), Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), among others.
The neo-Nazi group clashed Saturday night with left-leaning protesters, who were demonstrating mainly against the US Supreme Court’s decision last month to overturn Roe v. Wade and the constitutional right to abortion.
Pictures were taken by Tampa Domestic Creative Loafing Outlet Neo-Nazis in red shirts are shown waving swastika flags and other blue flags that read “DeSantis Country.”
They also distributed leaflets falsely claiming that the Jews were behind the abortions. The flyers were created by Goyim Defense Leaguean antisemitic hate group, Creative Loafing reported.
According to the outlet, no one was injured or arrested, and the protesters dispersed quietly.
“Publicly displaying symbols of genocide in public and with pride is a direct threat to the Jewish community,” Florida Holocaust Museum President Mike Eagle said Saturday, calling on all sides to condemn neo-Nazis.
“This is not about politics or religion. It is about humanity,” Eagle said in a statement. “This should concern everyone.”
The accounts of Greene, Gaetz, DeSantis and others who spoke at the rally on Twitter did not mention or condemn the presence of neo-Nazis. On the Truth Social, Trump shared clips of his speech but made no mention of neo-Nazis.
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