Trump Jr., Guilfoyle walk offstage after hecklers drown out book event in California: report

Donald Trump Jr. and Kimberly Guilfoyle, his girlfriend and a senior adviser for President Trump’s 2020 campaign, walked offstage at a promotional event for his new book in California over the weekend after being heckled by some attendees, The Washington Post reported.

According to the Post, the couple had been in Los Angeles on Sunday to promote Trump Jr.’s new book, “Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us,” at an event hosted by Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk on UCLA’s campus. 

{mosads}However, things reportedly turned south shortly after some attendees protested the cancelation of a Q&A portion of the event. 

Trump Jr. reportedly explained at the event that “the reason oftentimes it doesn’t make sense to do the Q&A is not because we’re not willing to talk about the questions, cause we do.” 

“No. It’s because people hijack it with nonsense looking to go for some sort of sound bite. You have people spreading nonsense, spreading hate, trying to take over the room,” he continued.

Moments after a group of attendees had reportedly begun to shout “Q&A” in response to the move, Guilfoyle reportedly fired back at the hecklers, saying: “No, it’s because you’re not making your parents proud by being rude and disruptive and discourteous.”

“We are happy to answer a question. Respect the people around you so that they can hear,” she continued.

“Let me tell you something, I bet you engage and go on online dating because you’re impressing no one here to get a date in person,” she also reportedly said to hecklers before she and Trump Jr. eventually walked offstage. 

Although footage from the event shows Trump Jr. in a heated exchange with one protester during the event over immigration, the Post reports that the group of hecklers who were upset with the event’s cancellation of a Q&A session were conservatives.

Nicholas Fuentes, whom the Post reports self-identifies as an “American Nationalist,” retweeted footage of the group erupting in boos and “America first” chants as the couple departed the stage. 

Fuentes, who hosts a YouTube show called “America First,” tweeted that his and the group’s “problem is not with” Trump Jr., whom he labeled “a patriot,” but with Kirk. 

According to the Post, Fuentes, who has a history of promoting anti-Semitism, told his supporters earlier this month to hold similar demonstrations during Q&A sessions at Turning Point USA events, accusing the group of hosting what he calls “controlled” conversations.

A spokesperson for Turning Point USA told The Hill that it was the “organization’s decision to cancel the Q&A portion days before after we were made aware of a pre-planned effort to disrupt the event.”

“The event was not cut short or ended early, as in lieu of the Q&A we simply extended the amount of time given to our VIP’s for their remarks,” the spokesperson added.

–This report was updated at 1:15 p.m.

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