In a commemoration of Montgomery, Turning Point USA praised his role in raising Kirk and the organization, calling him the group’s “first believer and senior counselor,” although Montgomery often described himself as one of the founders.
In a supplementary report, Charlie Kirk said: “I can’t say how much I was saddened by the death of my dear friend Bill Montgomery.”
Prior to joining Turning Point with Kirku, Montgomery, based in Illinois, worked in marketing, publishing, restaurants and was a business development consultant.
2015 The National Journal narrated how Montgomery met Kirk when he was 18 and urged him not to go to university, and after a speech at Benedictine University, he told him, “I don’t know you, but to reach out, pass on your message to the youth. “So next month the two together created a turning point.
“It was Bill and Charlie’s chances to face it in 2012, along with Bill’s generosity and willingness to invest in an 18-year-old with no experience and no connections that gave birth to the dream of one day becoming Turning Point USA,” Turning Point said. said.
In Maggio’s video, he said one of Montgomery’s goals was to one day elect Kirk, a close ally of Donald Trump’s junior ally. Maggio Montgomery called it a “conservative over and over” who “wore it as a badge of honor.”
Montgomery was survived by his widow Edie, son and daughter.
During the pandemic, US representatives at Turning Point underestimated the impact of coronavirus on public life.
In the two previous episodes of his podcast, March 16th. And on April 23, Kirk said he believed the elderly and people with the existing conditions should be quarantined on their own. Nevertheless, he questioned most of the public health proposals aimed at limiting the spread of the public. On Sunday’s podcast, Kirk said, “Don’t make me wear a mask, it’s that simple. I won’t do that, I’m not. “
“[E]I visited one of these grocery stores once. “Where is your mask?” I say, first of all, that the science of masks is very questionable, very questionable, ”he said. “In fact, some people, some doctors think that masks actually make you weaker and have less chance of getting oxygen and are more likely to infect yourself, and are less likely to be able to fight the virus, and are actually more likely to die faster.
“It simply came to our notice then. I have met many doctors who share this view, “Kirk added. “Secondly, we have a huge civil liberties problem here. Why do you have the power to tell me what I can and cannot do with my body? I thought it was “my body, my choice.” “
Recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control state that the effectiveness of tissue masks worn on tissues prevents Covid-19-infected individuals from transmitting the disease to others, resulting in a reduction in the prevalence in society. As a result, several states and cities have passed mask ordinances.
Kirk was briefly banned from Twitter in late March for making the false claim that the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine is “100% effective” in treating coronavirus. He also pushed for a quick resumption of the country’s economy, although he said in March that young people were at risk of the virus and that they should be careful to avoid large gatherings.
In late June, Trump spoke to a large audience of young Turning Point supporters at Phoenix Grand Church, where he was introduced by Kirk. Few people in the audience practiced social isolation or wore masks, although the organization donated masks to anyone who wished and provided socially secluded seating in the upper tier of the church.
In a statement in response to questions about Kirk’s remarks on masks, his spokesman said: “Charlie has long said that if you’re in high-risk groups, it’s the elderly and those with co-morbidities or major health problems – of which Bill was part of both. groups, both groups – then you should take all possible precautions. If they had discussed Charlie, he would have recommended self-quarantine. Charlie questioned the effectiveness of the masks for low-risk groups, including school-age children under the age of 60, who are in good health.
“The mainstream media wants to censor dissident voices and strong debates. This is exactly what supports Charlie for a solid discussion. With so many lives and indeed the whole country suffering, we need this debate more than ever. “