The co-founder and executive president of the national organization Students for Trump, or Students for Trump, to solicit the student vote in favor of now-former President Donald Trump, was arrested last week for physically attacking his girlfriend with a the deadly weapon.
Court records from the Johnston County Clerk of Superior Court in North Carolina show Ryan Fournier, 27, was arrested Tuesday and charged with assaulting a woman with a gun.
Fournier was charged with two misdemeanors
According to the documents, Fournier attacked his victim, “grabbing his right arm and striking him in the forehead” with a pistol. According to the police, the victim sustained a minor injury.
In the documents, which have been redacted to protect the victim’s identity, the pistol is described as a 9mm Sig Sauer P229, the same type of weapon used by the United States Secret Service until 2019.
Fournier was charged with two counts: domestic assault on a woman and assault with a deadly weapon, and was released after posting $2,500 bail.
Who is Ryan Fournier?
Fournier rose to prominence in the 2016 presidential election by forming the group Students for Trump, a national effort to secure the student vote for Trump’s candidacy, while still a student at Campbell University in Buies Creek, Carolina. from the North.
Fournier, who still heads the group, also heads the organization Radical Alert, which seeks to expose the hatred of radicals “taking over America’s college campuses,” according to the group’s page on the social network X, formerly Twitter.
The origins of Students for Trump began with a Twitter account that Fournier opened in 2015 to support the now former president of the United States. When the Trump campaign asked him to expand the effort, Fournier asked his friend John Lambert for help and turned it into a national organization.
Before the 2020 election, Students for Trump was acquired by Turning Point Action, the conservative student organization led by activist Charlie Kirk, with Fournier remaining as its CEO to this day.
Fournier’s career as a political activist has not escaped controversy.
In 2018, the Daily Beast reported that Students for Trump refused to disclose its donors as required by Federal Election Commission rules, and in 2019 Media Matters singled out Fournier for appointing white nationalist James Allsup as director of Students for the Trump College Ambassador Program.
For his part, in 2019 Lambert was sentenced to 13 months in prison after pleading guilty to running a wire fraud scheme that collected more than $46,000 from his victims.
According to a statement from the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Lambert posed as “a prominent New York attorney with a law degree from an elite law school.” “But Lambert’s de facto career is that of a con artist: he never went to law school and certainly wasn’t a lawyer,” the statement added.
Fournier must appear in court on December 18 to hear the charges against him read and plead guilty or declare his innocence.