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‘Meme Wars’: Man arrested after reportedly kicking projector, shouting expletives during Benny Johnson’s TPUSA college tour

An enraged man was taken into custody after he reportedly kicked a table and a video projector during a presentation from a conservative speaker who was poking fun at the humorlessness of the left.

On Tuesday night at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, Turning Point USA contributor Benny Johnson was giving a presentation entitled “Meme Wars.” Johnson has taken his presentation to college campuses across the country, trying to convince young conservatives that social media memes present a unique opportunity for the right to counter much of the cultural hegemony perpetrated by the left. In Johnson’s view, “The Left Can’t Meme” because people with left-leaning opinions have no sense of humor and have little understanding of the ways in which humor works in American culture.

During one particular segment of the presentation, Johnson shared a meme in which Vice President Kamala Harris walks outside and sees a bus with the words “Texas Border Patrol” written across it. Harris laughs and says, “I love it” as a stock Mexican figure gyrates to mariachi music playing in the background. The meme is meant to make people chuckle and remind them that Harris recently claimed that the U.S. southern border is “secure,” even as hundreds of thousands pour over the border every month.

At least one attendee apparently didn’t find the meme funny, though. An unidentified man wearing jeans, a T-shirt, and a green do-rag interrupted the presentation, shouted expletives, and began kicking the table and the projector Johnson was using. The man’s tantrum was caught on video:

u201cud83dudea8BREAKING: I was Giving a speech about MEMES at the University of Iowa tonight with @TPUSA. nnA Kamala Harris Meme TRIGGERED the violent LIBS so bad they ATTACKED the *projector* and SMASHED IT to pieces.nnI told you: The Left Canu2019t Memeu201d

— Benny Johnson Meme-Attack Survivor u270aud83cudffdu270aud83cudfffu270aud83cudffeu270aud83cudffb (@Benny Johnson