Published: Tue, November 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Donald Trump Jr talk marked by anger over him not taking questions

Donald Trump Jr talk marked by anger over him not taking questions

After initially being greeted with shouts of "USA!" United States of America!" 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!" after they were told he would not take questions, the newspaper reported.

The discontent originated with a fringe group of young conservative extremists (read: white nationalists) who call themselves "America Firsters".

They offered explanations for their refusal, including "time constraints" and the prospect that footage of Trump answering questions could be twisted into viral social-media posts to damage his father, The Guardian reported. Nobody was buying that.

"I'm willing to listen ...", Mr. Trump said.

Audience: Q and A!

"We'll go into the lion's den and talk ...", Mr. Trump Jr. started.

"Then open the Q and A!" came the immediate response.

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Comments from Guilfoyle towards the audience included: "You're not making your parents proud by being rude and disruptive", "You don't play by the same rules", and a remark which implied the audience were a bunch of incels who have to "catfish" women on dating apps.

Shortly thereafter, she and Trump left the stage.

The fiasco pointed to a factional rift on the Trump-supporting conservative right that has been growing rapidly in recent weeks, particularly among "zoomers" - student-age activists.

Trump Jr., who's selling his new guide "Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us", is scheduled to talk from 1 to three Moore Corridor on the Westwood campus as a part of an occasion hosted by the conservative scholar group Turning Level USA. Those people, acolytes of Nick Fuentes' "America First" podcast, believe in shutting down immigration altogether and ending the U.S.' diplomatic and military interactions elsewhere in the world. He has responded by calling his detractors conspiracists and racists.

Trump Jr. hasn't reacted to the UCLA incident on Twitter, but apparently his appearance at the Reagan Library yesterday evening was more successful.

A pair of attendees identified as Joe and Orion Miles spoke to the Guardian after the event about their successful effort to disrupt the event. We're willing to hear them.

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