ARRESTED: Students for Trump founder charged with assault with firearm

The political organization Students for Trump had two co-founders. Now they’ve both been arrested and charged with crimes.

Students for Trump was founded in 2015 by Ryan Fournier and John Lambert, with the stated goal of putting Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans in control of the federal government.

They advocated for Trump on college campuses, even hiring “ambassadors” to promote Trump support among students.

Now Fournier has been arrested, charged with assault on a female and assault with a deadly weapon after he allegedly grabbed a woman by the arm and hit her in the head with a gun.

He posted a bond in the amount of $2,500, waived his right to an attorney, and is due back in court on December 18th.

In the meantime, he’s locked down his personal social media, but the account for his current project, Radical Alert, continues to be active, posting political takes and photos of people he claims expressed sympathy for Hamas or Palestinian citizens.

Fournier doesn’t seem to be making any public statement in response to the allegations against him though, despite how influential his organization has been. NPR reported:

“Fournier co-founded Students for Trump in 2015 while a freshman at Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C. The organization grew to over 350 campus chapters and was credited with turning out thousands of young conservative voters in the 2016 election.”

Fournier’s co-founder has also been in legal trouble. John Lambert pled guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud charges in 2021, for falsely pretending to be an attorney in order to scam cash out of would-be “clients.” Business Insider reported:

“[Lambert] had pretended to be Eric Pope, a fake Manhattan-based lawyer with a law degree from New York University, a finance degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and 15 years of experience. Victims hired Lambert for legal advice thinking he was Pope, and Lambert earned a total of $46,000 from the scheme, prosecutors said.”

The Students for Trump organization has since been absorbed into Turning Point USA, which was founded in 2012 by Charlie Kirk and pushes right-wing politics on college campuses.

Turning Point Action, according to a tweet Kirk posted and later deleted, took credit for sending busloads of Trump supporters to the Capitol on January 6th, 2021.

Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.

Stephanie Bazzle

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