Leadership at an Air Force base in North Dakota sent a text message to service members warning them of the dangers of being near a downtown rally featuring speakers from pro-Trump groups.
A text message sent to Minot Air Force Base personnel reads, “Leaders, please be careful if you are going downtown this weekend,” and if you are thinking of going downtown, please be careful. “If you have any concerns, please contact us.”
At issue is an event scheduled for Nov. 17 at the Minot State Fairgrounds, dubbed the “Dakota Patriot Rally.” In a written warning, staff were told to “use caution” if they were in the area, as there was a “possible risk”. To military personnel. The text, shared with the popular Facebook page Air Force Amen/nco/snco, also noted that the event would feature a guest speaker from the “alt-right” organization Turning Point Action. .
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Turning Point Action is a 501(c)(4) organization founded in 2019 that typically promotes conservative values and has a history of supporting former President Donald Trump.
Although the group has caused controversy by questioning the results of the 2020 presidential election and the effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines, it is mainstream in conservative political circles. The group’s ACTCON conference in Florida in July 2023 drew about 6,000 attendees, and about three minutes between President Trump and the then-declared Republican presidential nominee, the New York Times reported. It also included a lecture by 1.
According to the event’s website, the speaker at the Dakota Patriot Rally who was cautioned in writing is Turning Point Action Chief Operating Officer Tyler Bowyer, who before joining Turning Point USA He is described as a “conservative activist” who has held several political positions.
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A text message sent to members at Minot Air Force Base warned that “participation in organizations such as Turning Point Action could jeopardize their continued service in the U.S. military.”
Minot Air Force Base and the Air Force did not respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.
The text message also referenced the Nov. 17 shooting in Minot, noting it was “unknown if related” to the Dakota Patriot rally. The shooting occurred in northwest Minot, leaving a 29-year-old man hospitalized and the suspect fleeing the scene, according to the Minot Daily News. The state fairgrounds where the Dakota Patriot Rally was held is located in the far eastern part of the city.
Fox News Digital reached out to detectives investigating the shooting, but did not receive a response in time for publication.