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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Another Convention in Service of the Rich

Jun 17, 2024

A so-called “People’s Convention” was held in Detroit, Michigan the weekend of June 14 to 16. Billed as a “people’s” alternative to the July Republican National Convention in Milwaukee—it was a Trump rally.

It was also a Jobs Expo. Applications were passed out for paid Trump organizers to be hired to “get-out-the-vote” in Michigan, a swing state.

“The people” who make their wealth off the exploitation of the labor of others are those who will benefit from this convention! Based on the costs involved, there was big money backing this event.

Who put this together? Far-right activist Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA (TPUSA) and Turning Point Action (TPA). TPA claims to have raised 108 million dollars from donors to “get out the vote” for Donald Trump.

Charlie Kirk is a right-wing podcaster, radio and cable TV host. He founded his group in suburban Chicago in 2012 when he was 18 years old. TPUSA started out organizing in high schools and on college campuses and worked on the 2016 Trump campaign.

Kirk is known for his attacks on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and for his promotion of Christian Nationalism. TPUSA has been raising money to fund reactionary Christian pastors who attack what they call “the homosexual agenda” and women’s rights.

TPUSA has raised tens of millions of dollars from super-rich donors and has been given additional millions by secret backers.

Kirk himself has profited handsomely. According to the Associated Press, he now lives in a 4.75-million-dollar estate in an Arizona gated country club.

At the Detroit so-called “People’s Convention,” the goal was to take real anger about real problems and provide false answers. On full display were messages to blame immigrants and blame any group of people fighting their own oppression. The capitalists and the billionaires have everything to gain by spending freely to fund this view! And workers have nothing to gain by falling for their lies!