Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will be a featured speaker at a conservative conference next month aimed at student activists.
Walker is, so far, the only elected official in the lineup, which includes prominent conservative figures including Donald Trump Jr., Anthony Scaramucci, Dinesh D'Souza, James O'Keefe, Tomi Lahren and Sebastian Gorka.
The Student Action Summit is organized by Turning Point USA, a nonprofit organization whose mission is "to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government."
The group has chapters at colleges and high schools throughout the country, and recently made news in Wisconsin when the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student government initially refused to recognize a local chapter as a campus organization. Opponents of the group had argued it engages in hate speech, directed in particular toward transgender students. The decision was reversed by university administrators.
"The governor always enjoys the opportunity to talk with students and our next generation of leaders," said Walker campaign spokesman Nathan Craft. "He plans to discuss how Wisconsin's bold, conservative reforms are producing real results for hard-working families and moving the state forward by putting the power back into the hands of the taxpayers."
Democrats issued swift criticism of Walker's decision to share a space with some of the featured speakers, highlighting Gorka, D'Souza and Joe Walsh in particular.
"Instead of addressing Wisconsin’s needs, Walker is raising money and rallying Tea Party crowds, sharing events with white supremacists, advocates of political violence, fake-news conspiracy theorists and ring-wing extremists," said Democratic Party of Wisconsin spokeswoman Martha Laning in a statement.
Rep. Jimmy Anderson, D-Fitchburg, said Walker's appearance would give legitimacy to "members of the alt-right who traffic in hate and discrimination and represent the very worst of the Republican Party."
Republican Party of Wisconsin spokesman Alec Zimmerman accused Democrats of making "a shameful, petty attack meant to discourage conservative students from having their point of view heard."
In a statement last month, Turning Point USA founder and executive director Charlie Kirk said the event had received 3,000 applications and would allow students to "discuss the importance of freedom and free markets with their fellow peers."
According to the organization, the conference is open to students ages 15 to 25. It is billed as the "largest gathering of young, conservative students."