There is a group within the Conservative party who has been causing disruptions and heckling within rallies and pro-Trump events in recent weeks. The GOP does not associate themselves with the group’s beliefs as they are an alt-right racist and white nationalist. The group is small but very vocal, and their leader is a 21-year-old broadcaster named Nicholas Fuentes. National attention has been cast upon this group, and Republicans want nothing to do with the spotlight with the group or what they stand for. Donald Trump Jr. was heckled by this group in California at an event promoting his book, “Triggered.”
Nicholas Fuentes and his followers have marked off dates and publishing calendars that have the dates of all the events of Turning Point USA, which was founded by Charlie Kirk. Fuentes’ followers have orders to infiltrate the events held by David Rubin, Ben Shapiro, Representative Dan Crenshaw, who is a Republican from Texas, Donald Trump Jr., and others. Their job is to disrupt and heckle the GOP as they hold events. These alt-right activists see Sapiro and Kirk as insufficient conservatives. They feel they are not doing enough to cut down immigration. They show up at events as though they are substantial supporters of the president wearing MAGA hats as the slogan for their group is “America First.”
Shapiro is Jewish, and as he has held events, the disruptions were described as an effort to throw racism in the mix with anti-Semitic ideologies into the GOP agendas. Shapiro gave Fuentes a piece of his mind during a speech given at Stanford University. He called him a “garbage human being whose views are obviously white supremacist garbage.” Although Fuentes’ name was not mentioned, Shapiro and others wonder if throwing words back and forth will make the situation worse by giving the group more attention. Usually, when these things take place, that is all these groups are after. However, it was unmistakeable the message was meant for Fuentes.
Shapiro stated, “Some call themselves ‘America First’ to hijack President Trump’s slogans to give themselves a patina of credibility… you’re seeing them adopt the beliefs of some of these other movements in order to find cover for their own vile belief system.”
The followers of Fuentes are known as “Groypers” and carry the image of a frog that is fat and green. Many say it looks like the “original alt-right Pepe character.” Fuentes has multiple videos on YouTube which revolve around bigotry, racist, and anti-Semitic messages. In 2017, Fuentes was present at the “Unite the Right” rally for white supremacists, which took place in Charlottesville, VA. He also added on his Facebook page, “The ruthless transnational elite know a tidal wave of white identity is coming and know that once the word gets out, they will not be able to stop us. The fire rises.”
Fuentes has also called out Rubin, stating, “You want to talk to Jewy Jewstein? I’m David Rubin, and this is the gay Jewish show. Today we’ve got a Jew.” Fuentes has also questioned the Holocaust by saying, “The math doesn’t seem to add up there. I don’t think you’d result in 6 million. Maybe 200 to 300 thousand cookies.”
Surprisingly, Fuentes was interviewed by The Hill, and he insisted to the reporters he was not a white nationalist, anti-Semitic, or even racist. He stated, his beliefs are the Holocaust did happen, and when he said about the “cookies,” it was only to shock people and stir up controversy. He stated, “I’ve never advocated for a white ethnostate. Multiracialism is here and we have to live with it, and [the question is] how will we do that?”
Fuentes added, he only trolls to draw attention toward his show, and he is only trying to get under political rivals’ skin. His words, “That’s kind of the whole thing. We have figured out the game. The algorithm. We’ve hacked the conversation where if you say sensational things like we do, you get attention. I don’t want it to be like that. I wish I could ascend with ideas.”
Conservatives all across the country have been sounding the alarms to ban Fuentes, his supporters, and followers from all of the GOP events. Republican strategist Caleb Hill posted this on Twitter, “[Fuentes] and his followers are the scum of the earth and their bad faith, anti-Semitic attacks should be shot down by the entire conservative movement.” It is people like this who mess up a good thing within the GOP events.