Founder and President of Turning Point USA Charlie Kirk via REUTERS
Charlie Kirk, the young founder of the organization Turning Point USA, dubbed President Trump the “bodyguard of western civilization” in his speech opening the 2020 Republican National Convention on Monday night.
The 26-year-old conservative activist framed November’s election as a battle between “preserving America as we know it and eliminating everything that we love.”
He said the nation’s values were under attack from “deceitful, vengeful, arrogant activists.”
However, reelecting Trump, “will ensure that our kids are raised to love America, not taught to hate our beautiful country,” Kirk said.
The youth activist, who founded his nonprofit in 2012, when he was just 18, has been a longtime supporter of Trump. The president has spoken at a number of the organization’s events.
Kirk’s speech followed a prayer from the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, and an opening video narrated by “Ray Donavan” star Jon Voight.
The Academy Award-winner is an outspoken Republican and staunch Trump supporter.