Parkland shooting survivor and TPUSA leader Kyle Kashuv has stepped down from his role as director of high school outreach following the uncovering of racist comments that he made a few years back.
Turning Point USA is a right-wing nonprofit organization that presents itself as a safe haven for young conservatives — a group that has become infamous for ties to white nationalist ideals within its ranks.
Two Parkland teens confirmed with HuffPost that former-member Kashuv made racist remarks within texts, Skype messages, and a shared Google document for a class study guide.
Kashuv took to Twitter yesterday to address the discovery of the messages, claiming, “We were 16-year-olds making idiotic comments, using callous and inflammatory language in an effort to be as extreme and shocking as possible.”
Kyle Kashuv is just the most recent affiliated member of Turning Point USA (TPUSA) to resign after problematic histories were uncovered. Just a few weeks ago, University of Nevada Las Vegas TPUSA chapter leader Riley Grisar was removed from the organization after a video of him participating in a racist rant surfaced on Twitter, in which Grisar exclaimed “white power,” along with other slurs.
In addition, HuffPost discovered even more racist comments made by TPUSA members just last month, and the content is truly disturbing.
With the organization seemingly in turmoil, the future of its existence is unclear.