The almost 600-seat auditorium at Colorado State University's Student Arts Center was filled to capacity Tuesday evening for a stop on what was billed by its organizers as a "Culture War" tour of college campuses.
Inside, President Donald Trump's son, Donald Junior, Turning Point USA's Charlie Kirk and Kimberly Guilfoyle, a former prosecutor from San Francisco, spent about an hour in full-throated defense of the president and his policies.
Turning Point is a nationwide conservative student organization founded by Kirk.
As what appeared to be a mostly student-aged crowd cheered, clapped and laughed along, Tuesday's event at times felt like a pep rally. All three speakers gleefully hammered Democrats, the news media, leftists and socialists. They mocked political correctness and critics of the president including Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney.
Outside, there was a very visible police and security presence. Everyone who entered the venue had to pass through metal detectors and have their personal belongings searched.
A band of about 100 protesters gathered across the street and shouted anti-racist and anti-Nazi chants as people filed into the auditorium. Although loud, the protest appeared peaceful.
Kirk last appeared in February 2018 at CSU. That event drew both peaceful supporters and protesters before a group with riot shields and skull-face masks arrived and chanted Nazi slogans. Police, some wearing riot gear, broke up up the melee.
Kirk adamantly distanced Turning Point from those in masks at the time and made time during his speech Tuesday to do the same.