Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) discussed President Joe Biden’s recent mask tenure, as well as the presence and attire of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) at the Met Gala during their weekly meeting on Tuesday. .
YAF is an Iowa State University student organization working to promote the principles of limited government, individual liberty, free enterprise, strong national defense, and traditional values, ”according to the website of the YAF. ‘Iowa State Student Organization.
The meeting was chaired by YAF President Kyle Poen, a senior specializing in agricultural affairs and international agriculture.
Poen said the group wanted to uphold “conservative constitutional values,” as stated in the group’s Sharon statement.
The speech surrounding Biden’s vaccine mandates began with an interactive discussion, during which the room was divided into two parts. The left side of the room belonged to those who view the mandate as unconstitutional, and the right side to those who view it as constitutional. A large majority of members present identified with the unconstitutional side of the room.
Regarding the mandate on vaccines, Chuck Klapatauska, a senior specializing in mechanical engineering, was one of those on the unconstitutional side of the room, especially not liking the mandate.
Klapatauska said the mandate extends the power of the government and thinks it is “weary and dangerous”.
Poen led a presentation, which started with the headlines of the week. The presentation included some notable headlines from last week. One of the headlines mentioned Ocasio-Cortez’s presence at the Met Gala on Monday, where she was seen wearing a white gown with “Tax on the Rich” plastered in red on the back of the dress.
In an email Poen sent to YAF members with discussion topics for the meeting, Ocasio-Cortez’s attendance at the Met Gala was referred to as “AOC owning at the Met Gala.”
The consensus among members in attendance was that Ocasio-Cortez’s participation was hypocritical, as they clearly expressed their disapproval of his presence at the event.
The meeting concluded with a discussion of future YAF events, naming Eve Lederhouse, Senior Marketing Communications Specialist for OutcomesMTM, as the next guest speaker.