From June 7th – 13th, members of College Republicans United traveled to California to promote the club and seek out new allies. With the occasional tourist stops, we traveled over 1,500 miles in 25 hours in 6 days. From Phoenix to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and back. Here is the report from our trip.
On June 8th CRU met with Mike Cernovich with an open invitation to visit Arizona State University. After hearing our history and mission for the club he accepted our offer with a wonderful twist.
Cernovich will be at ASU this fall semester on September 18th. CRU will be the first test audience to view his new movie ‘Hoax: The Media’s War on Truth.’ a full-throttle visual plunge into the history and future of fake news, uncovering their techniques, unveiling their agenda, chronicling the rise of the New Media, and showing you how to fight back against their lies. Mike Cernovich will then host a Q&A session after the film. Exact time & room location pending.
By June 9th the California College Republicans had become embroiled in a scandal involving it’s Federation Chairwoman Ariana Rowlands and dozens of chapters over the dechartering of San Diego.
The controversy started June 3rd when San Diego Chair Mikaela McNally voted to decharter with California College Republicans. Many reasons for the vote were given, they all can be summed up to discontent and unhappiness with the direction of the Federation and College Republican National Committee. This follows after the Channel Islands and Fullerton who had already disassociated with Ariana’s Federation. California College Republicans responded to this threat by taking over social media accounts from the San Diego’s board and restructuring the club around three members appointed by Ariana. This new executive board then posted a press release denouncing the previous actions of San Diego and Mikaela specifically.
By the 9th, chapters across California and within the Federation began to denounce Ariana’s coup with a joint press release of their own. UC Santa Barbara, UC Davis, UC Merced, Central Coast RVC, California Lutheran College Republicans, and others began to call for the impeachment of Ariana and others involved with the plot.
On June 10th, Ariana made another statement downplaying her involvement in the coup and blamed the accusations on outside sources. 🙂 Members then began posting screenshots of her scheming and non-related banter against her character.
From an outsider’s perspective, what’s unfortunate about this situation is that Ariana was once a powerful force for good in challenging the establishment and sticking up for the MAGA agenda in California. When CRU split off from the RINO Club at ASU our members looked up to Ariana as she fought her own war against the establishment. Since her reelection this previous year however, she has turned on her long time allies and supporters. Many suspect in effort to pander for a future political career.
On June 12th CRU met with the President of a College Republican chapter. Although neutral in the ongoing conflict, he was sympathetic to San Diego. We shared the similar story of how CRU came to be and agreed that cooperation between chartered and non-chartered clubs was possible. College Republicans should not be afraid of competition, they should embrace it. The establishment has become too complacent & need a kick in the ass. If they’re truly afraid of being out-staged by competition or losing influence, then they never cared about the conservative movement to begin with and only got involved for personal gain.
College Republicans United will always cooperate with any organization for the greater good. We wish them all the best & hope other chapters weigh the opportunities of becoming independent student orgs.