Chandler Crump burst onto the conservative scene at the age of fourteen after attending Turning Point USA’s Young Black Leadership Summit. Since then, he has made a name for himself as a free speech activist, speaker, influencer, and rapper. Chandler is a Parler Early Adopter (@Chandler) and has been with the platform since 2018. With his 18th birthday approaching (Sept. 15), we thought it would be a great time to hear more about his meteoric rise and what the future holds for him. He took time out of his hectic schedule to sit down with us.
When did you start making music?
I’ve been really interested in music and very much a singer since I was extremely young. In elementary school talent shows, I would always sing a Michael Jackson song. It was what I was known for. I was never much of a dancer, but I did do plenty of singing. But in 2019, something amazing happened. My friend Bryson Gray published a thing called “The MAGA Challenge.” It was a massive Internet sensation, and I decided to hop onto it. I made a version and put it out. This was my very first time rapping and the first lyrics I wrote.
I decided to just keep going. I made some remixes, and I published an album called Dark Winter. Then we took it a step further. I got with Bryson, and we made the song, “Let’s go, Brandon.” That’s why there’s a billboard plaque sitting behind me because that song did very, very well and knocked Adele off the charts.
You became active with politics and TPUSA at age 14. What was it that drew you into politics and made you want to be an open conservative, which can be a dangerous stance?
Oh yeah, trust me, it is. I lost that singing dream and plenty of other dreams because of my political views and my willingness to get out there and fight. During the 2016 election, I heard Trump is crazy. I heard Trump is a racist. But one thing that my parents had always instilled in me was to do my own research and not follow what the mainstream media or what a giant mob is telling me. So, I found myself a defender of Trump.
I was super plugged in and interested in politics. But I always thought it would just be a hobby. Then my dad tells me about this event happening in Washington DC, called the “Young Black Leadership Summit” put on by Turning Point USA. My dad drove me and my brother to the event in Washington DC and I, at the age of 14, got to sit inside the White House across from Trump. He spoke to a room full of black leaders and told me that it doesn’t matter how old you are, it doesn’t matter what you have or haven’t done yet. What matters is what you’re willing to do.
Something Trump often said in regard to the black community is what the hell do you have to lose? I’d say at that point we had a whole lot to gain, and I think fighting for what you believe in is the important thing. So, even as a 14-year-old, I saw that I needed to stand up and fight.
Working with Turning Point USA, you must meet some very interesting people. What is one/are some of your more notable encounters?
I’ve been very blessed to have the opportunity to go to countless events. A large number of people have been at events like Trump, Ron DeSantis, Ben Carson, Candace Owens, Brandon Tatum, and Bryson Gray. The funny thing about being involved as long as I have is people come up and cite you as an inspiration, which is always really humbling to me.
Have you ever self-censored?
So, I would say only on occasion, and it’s only really when I’m on a mainstream social media platform. Sometimes when I’m on Twitter, I’ll be typing something and think, let me slide this to Parler exclusively instead. Or if I’m on YouTube, I’ll say you know I would talk about this, but how about I make a separate video and post this to Rumble. If you guys want to hear it, you’ll have to go over there.
I’ve actually experienced countless cases of censorship. I’ve received upwards of six or seven community guidelines strikes on my YouTube channel since 2019. I definitely know what happens when you don’t self-censor enough. Honestly, I cannot control what they do and don’t get offended by it.
You’ve been with Parler since 2018 – the beginning! What prompted you to join Parler?
I joined Parler because free speech has always been a very paramount issue to me even before censorship was as bad as it is now. The very first public speech I ever gave was actually at a free speech rally. Parler’s been censored just as much as we have pretty much, so I feel like I have the closest relationship with Parler at this point, so that’s why I’ve been there so long.
You’re turning 18 in September – are you excited to vote in your first election?
I am so, so very excited. I’m going to be registering to vote as soon as I just clock over to 18. I think I technically already can, but I just want to do it as a birthday treat. And then I’m really excited to cast my first vote against Stacey Abrams and then a few other local candidates as well. That I’m really excited about. It’s going to be good.
What are your plans and goals for the future?
Definitely forging stronger relationships out there on the Internet. I’m going to bring more content to Rumble, so I’m really excited to diversify my portfolio in a way, have my political activism and continue hammering down that path. I also have so many great ideas for things to do once I turn 18. I’m obviously looking for new experiences, possibly even being a political candidate or office holder. I want to get the spice of life at this point while also staying true to everything I’ve built so far. Staying connected with the people that have pushed me this far across the finish line, supporting me. Some of them have been sticking with me the entire four years since I was 14. They’ve watched me grow up, and I want them to see the rest of my life unfold.