Turning Point’s UK launch beset by memes

Turning Point UK, the British offshoot of the conservative campus group Turning Point USA, officially launched on Twitter on Friday. But instead of fanfare, we got memes.

The Twitter rollout started oddly enough, by congratulating conservative pundit Candice Owens on her engagement on Jan. 21. Owens is engaged to Turning Point UK officer George Farmer, who, according to the Guardian, has ties to InfoWars senior editor Paul Joseph Watson. 

The group officially launched on Feb. 1 with a video about “the left-wing hate mob” and featuring “Intellectual Dark Web” thought leader Jordan Peterson.

The account is mostly tweets that attack “leftist” thought on UK university campuses.

But almost immediately, spoof accounts started. Turning Point UK acknowledged the fake accounts on Feb. 2

Since the official Twitter account is unverified, pranksters hopped on the opportunity to spoof the conservative organization.

Like “Turning Point Glasgow,” which memed Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk and his strawman argument against socialism.

Or this one, which goes after the right’s rallying cry of free speech and censorship.

Or “Turning Point Great Yarmouth,” which mocked the group’s design sensibility.

“Turning Point UK Devon” went after Kirk again, tying him to conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, who offered his congratulations to the group.

And “Glasgow” came for conservative radio host Ben Shapiro.

In short, as user @MikeStuchbery_ said, “There’s online savagery, then there’s what’s happening to Turning Point UK.”

Turning Point USA was founded by Charlie Kirk, the 25-year-old Trump acolyte who finds it distasteful when female celebrities engage in politics and doesn’t think healthcare is a human right.


Ellen Ioanes

Ellen Ioanes

Ellen Ioanes is the FOIA reporter at the Daily Dot, where she covers U.S. politics. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School, and her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Center for Public Integrity, HuffPost India, and more.