Nick Fuentes, who is responsible for (among other things) the avowedly white supremacist event known as the America First Political Action Conference and who has seen multiple followers of his charged for participating in the Capitol riot, recently dined with former President Donald Trump — who is, of course, also a current presidential contender.
The rap artist Ye, who is no doubt better known by his former name Kanye West, was also present — no matter his own recently expressed anti-Semitism. Fuentes, who is in his 20s and is popular among younger extremists, has also promoted violent anti-Semitism — and yet both met with the man who Republicans might be gearing up to nominate for the next presidential contest. Fuentes has been identified as a guest of Ye’s, but the rapper himself has already been very publicly associated with his own brand of dangerous extremism, so it’s not like the troubling aspects of the get-together could reasonably be said to have unfolded without those on the inside knowing. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) criticized House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy for staying what is apparently silent on Trump getting together with known anti-Semites.
“Hey @GOPLeader – where is your condemnation of Donald Trump for meeting with neo-Nazi Nick Fuentes, the pro-Putin leader of the America First Political Action Conference?” Cheney said. “I know you want to be Speaker, but are you willing to be completely amoral?” Fuentes led cheers for Putin at this year’s edition of the America First-branded event, where Marjorie Taylor Greene also spoke. After facing criticism for showing up, Greene was defensive, contesting the idea she was somehow meaningfully tied to other views expressed at the event — although it’s not just mild disagreements under discussion here. It’s open, proud white supremacy. Trump has his own history of expressing anti-Semitism, including with a rant on his alternative social media platform Truth Social insisting that U.S. Jews should “get their act together” and be more appreciative of what he’s supposedly done to support the Jewish people, who he seems to have a difficult time distinguishing from Israel. The potential implication that Jews are largely if not entirely disloyal to both their own cause and that of the U.S. is dangerous.
Hey @GOPLeader – where is your condemnation of Donald Trump for meeting with neo-Nazi Nick Fuentes, the pro-Putin leader of the America First Political Action Conference? I know you want to be Speaker, but are you willing to be completely amoral? https://t.co/xvUuNrz67r
— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) November 29, 2022