Society & Culture

Charlie Kirk calls Vermont “God’s gift to America” – but he doesn’t mean our politics

TPUSA Founder Charlie Kirk last night tells a packed crowd of college students and older people what conservatives like – and don’t like – about Vermont.

By Guy Page

It’s a little-known fact that Charlie Kirk visited Vermont as a child. He admires much about Vermont government and culture. He thinks Vermont is “one of God’s gifts to America.”

Wait – is Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, derided by local cultural Marxist Kirk Kancelers as a fascist outsider, praising Vermont?

Indeed he is – as he told hundreds of (mostly) supporters Monday night, October 18. And he admits that yesterday, anyway, Vermont surprised him. 

“Wow! This is Vermont?” Kirk told the standing, cheering mixed crowd of college students and older people that filled the ballroom at the Doubletree – Hilton (the former Sheraton). “I wasn’t sure what to expect in Bernie Sanders’ hometown.”

Technically, Kirk wasn’t in Burlington, Bernie’s adopted hometown. And therein lies a story.

What the Turning Point USA founder did expect was opposition. His Exposing Critical Racism Tour had already been cancelled from one venue – the Battery Street Hilton in downtown Burlington – under threats of boycotts and, Kirk said, violence from cultural Marxists. The cultural Marxist group CopWatch claimed a ‘victory’ in forcing the cancellation. However, their presence Monday night was relatively small and muted, compared to the large, enthusiastic crowd of Kirk supporters. A strong security presence no doubt dampened the “anti’s’ enthusiasm level as well. 

Kirk praised the yellow-shirted student organizers who made the night a success despite such opposition. “It’s very difficult to be a conserative today. It’s more difficult to be a young conservative college student, especially at (he chuckled) the University of Vermont. So you deserve a lot of credit.” 

The Arizona resident and Chicago native “grew up coming here, visiting Lake Champlain. It’s one of the most beautiful states in the country. It’s one of God’s gifts to America,” Kirk said. “Your politics are a totally different story.”

In addtion to its natural beauty, Kirk praised Vermont for preserving the little against the big. “Sometimes it’s important that we recognize that we want local communities to stay strong, families stay strong, and that we want limited government and we don’t want overreaching corporations destroying family businesses handed down.”

“This [Burlington] is one of the few cities that has still kept from an aesthetics point the smalltown America, not letting these soulless, godless corporations come in and destroy small business and entrepreneurship.”

Vermonters embrace the notion that “we want to keep things the way they are – which is actually a kind of conservative idea…. In the last 18 months, we as conservatives have stopped being corporate cheerleaders. We should stand for the good, the true, the beautiful, the local and the decentralized, not the foreign and the corrupt.

“We don’t want to be ruled by Washington DC, and we also don’t want to be ruled by Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, and Astrozenaca.”

Second, Kirk praised the principle and practice of Town Meeting – “That kind of idea of participatory government is a uniquely American idea – that we’re going to take a day off from work and show up” to practice “the consent of the governed.”

“We don’t want to be ruled by the same 100 companies. We don’t want to be ruled by Big Government and Big Google.”

And finally – “The third thing I love about Vermont – I love your gun laws!,” Kirk said. “You have great gun laws!”

Kirk said he’s concerned that Vermont is the third-least churched in the country, because when faith in Something Bigger goes, so does freedom, either to collectivist or authoritarian rule. People who reject God always fill the vacuum with something else – often government or materialism, Kirk said. 

Kirk told the crowd Monday night he is inaccurately, unfairly criticized as wanting the U.S. to become more white. “Vermont is the whitest state in the nation is Vermont, and their politics are pretty screwed up.” However, he does criticize self-consciously ‘white oppressor’ supporters of Critical Race Theory who see their role in American society as “It’s our position as white allies to blow it up.”

“Please go explore the world, explore the Scriptures, explore a relationship with God and Jesus Christ,” he implored the small group of assembled, mostly-quiet protesters. “There’s so much more that’s beautiful out there than just trying to cancel other people. It’s not a great way to live.”

Kirk said he always gets a chuckle when Bernie Sanders talks about White Privilege: “Which of your three homes are you going to donate to the disadvantaged population of the state?”


To hear all of Kirk’s speech, go to the TPUSA Facebook page.

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4 replies »

  1. Great article, Guy! “Kirk said he’s concerned that Vermont is the third-least churched in the country, because when faith in Something Bigger goes, so does freedom, either to collectivist or authoritarian rule. People who reject God always fill the vacuum with something else – often government or materialism.”
    I might add this quote from 1963 by Malcolm X: “The white liberal is the worst enemy to America, and the worst enemy to the black man.”
    I sincerely doubt that ANY of these Antifah-Marxist Marvels in Burlington (or anywhere), who endeavor to cancel our First Amendment Rights, have ever read of themselves being identified and exposed as so many far-out, fascist frauds by a long-dead radical Black Muslim

  2. It’s often left out that Vermont is one of the least if not the least religious in the nation. I’m willing to bet it has something to do with the vaccination rate too.

  3. CRT is ruining our children by making them believe in a thing about themselves that is not true. It is confusing enough for a little girl or boy to learn about their own body. I wonder what a young girl or boy thinks when his/her teacher tells them there are more than two sexes and mommy and daddy lied to them. Great way to confuse a kid. How do you teach grown ups that there are more than two sexes when they grew up believing there were only two sexes and our English books taught us the feminine and masculine nouns for those sexes. Now, can you imagine having been a foreign exchange student who learned those same masculine and feminine pronouns and 10, 20, or 30
    years later are discovering the nouns they learned won’t work in the US today? How do you explain
    that?

    • But, at least, we’re leading the world 🌎 in Political Correctness, socialist brainwashing, and sexual misinformation. It isn’t fashionable anymore to be an American patriot and a believer/practitioner of traditional Judeo-Christian values. The left wants us to go the way of the drive-in movie s.

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