VIDEO: County Locks Out Hundreds of Students Attending TPUSA Convention in Florida
DEVELOPING STORY: Hundreds of teenagers and college students attending the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit (SAS) in West Palm Beach, Florida, were blocked by county officials from entering the convention center.
Armed guards blocked as many as 600 students from entering the building, according to local news and eyewitness accounts.
Students chanted, “Let us in,” but to no avail.
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Palm Beach County released a statement saying that Turning Point USA over sold their contract capacity by as many as 600 people.
“The Convention Center is adhering to the contractual agree with Turning Point of a 2,000 person capacity; this leaves 500-600 people unable to enter the Convention Center,” the county said in a statement.
Since students were unable to go inside, Donald Trump Jr. walked outside and addressed the cheering young people with a bullhorn.
We are out here with @DonaldJTrumpJr bringing SAS outside to the crowd that the county leftists are trying to keep out of #SAS2020– we are doing everything we humanly can to make it available to everyone.— Tyler Bowyer (@conservatyler) December 20, 2020
Please be kind to our @TPUSA staff, we are working on it all pic.twitter.com/AYEsjWBdIR
BREAKING: TPUSA students are being blocked from entering their national conference in Florida by the mayor https://t.co/4bVFrnOqMt— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) December 19, 2020
BREAKING: People are getting unregistered outside of SAS after the county began changing capacity maximums— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) December 20, 2020
Turning Point USA staff says they did not turn anyone away. However, police are blocking the doors, keeping tons of students out pic.twitter.com/o0ILnvxOOj