Nick Fuentes

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Nick Fuentes
Personal details
Born Nicholas Joseph Fuentes
(1998-08-18) August 18, 1998 (age 25)
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Occupation Right-wing political commentator and streamer
Known for Founder of the Groypers
Religion Roman Catholic

Nicholas Joseph Fuentes (born August 18, 1998) is an American paleoconservative political commentator, activist, internet personality, radio show host, and streamer. He is the founder and president of the America First Foundation, which advocates for right-wing populism, nationalism, Christian values and traditionalism, and seeks to battle the anti-white agenda, population replacement, the ruling political establishment, and "soft conservatives". They have run the annual America First Political Action Conference, or AFPAC event, since 2020. Fuentes currently hosts the episodic livestream series America First with Nicholas J. Fuentes on, which he began in 2017. and previously co-hosted the Nationalist Review podcast with James Allsup (not to be confused with The National Review).

Fuentes is one-quarter Mexican, hence his Hispanic surname; Fuentes, however, identifies predominantly with his Italian heritage.[1] He is also 2% African, and thus jokingly refers to himself as "Afro-Latino".

Education & Early Career

Fuentes was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 18, 1998. He graduated from Lyons Township High School, and was president of the school's student council. Growing up, he was a supporter of the Tea Party movement, though he also supported gender equality and social justice, as well as some ideals of the Black Lives Matter movement in its early years.[2]

On August 12, 2017, he flew from Chicago to Virginia to attend the Second Day of the infamous Unite the Right rally rally in Charlottesville, to protest the removal of the Robert E. Lee Statue. Fuentes claimed that the majority of protesters in attendance were not Klansmen, nor were they Neo-Nazis. Up until then, Fuentes had been attending Boston University, but left after receiving several death threats, and declared that he wished to move to Auburn University. He applied for transfer admission to Auburn University in fall of 2017, but he did not confirm his enrollment on time.[3]

Previously, Fuentes worked as a host on the Right Side Broadcasting Network, but was later fired by Joe Seales after attending the Charlottesville rally, with Seales claiming he was a bad look for the network and that it would hurt RSBN's chances of getting in the White House press briefing room, which they never achieved.

Political views

Fuentes is a devout Roman Catholic and self-described paleoconservative, as well as a self-described member of the "dissident right". He is an anti-establishment populist, and criticizes both the left and the right. He is a strong social conservative, motivated by his Catholic faith, and uses "Christ is King" as one of his many catchphrases. He strongly opposes the homosexual agenda in all of its forms.

On his show, Fuentes frequently discusses American and European demographics, immigration, and cultural events. Fuentes takes a hard stance against immigration, and advocates for an immigration moratorium, halting all immigration indefinitely in an attempt to counteract white demographic decline. He criticizes what he describes as "Israel First" foreign policy, stating that Israel is not actually an ally of the US. Fuentes is pro-Second Amendment, and defends the Bill of Rights. He is an America First nationalist who supports President Trump, voting for him in both the 2016 election and the 2020 election, and protested for the overturning of the fraudulent Biden win; However, he is also not afraid to criticize Trump, mainly for his rhetoric on topics such as the COVID-19 vaccine and Israel.


Fuentes is often referred to as a "white nationalist" and "white supremacist" by left-wing organizations like Wikipedia,[4] the Southern Poverty Law Center,[5] and the Anti-Defamation League;[6] he rejects these labels, and has publicly disavowed the alt-right movement, as well as having feuded with known agent provocateur Richard B. Spencer, who once shouted threats and hateful insults at Fuentes over the phone, calling him a "Mexican peasant", and told him to "do my f---ing laundry, you little f---ing spic" as well as saying he "better hope and pray you never f---ing see me in public".[7] Fuentes and Spencer later did cross paths in public, to which Spencer proved his threats to be empty.

Fuentes is often accused of bigotry and anti-Semitism, mainly for his anti-Zionist stance and edgy sense of humor; Jewish conservative Laura Loomer has come to his defense, saying he has treated her better as a Jewish woman than big "conservative" organizations like Turning Point USA.

In April 2017, while still working at Right Side Broadcasting Network, Fuentes said "Who runs the media? Globalists. Time to kill the globalists" and "I want the people that run CNN to be arrested and deported or hanged because this is deliberate. This is not an accident [...] It is malicious intent. There is a design, there is an agenda here." Fuentes also said that "The First Amendment was not written for Moslems" in the two-paragraph transcript. RSBN issued an apology, calling them "unacceptable" and "inappropriate".

In October 2019, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) called for Fuentes to be banned from Twitter after he made a joke about Holocaust revisionism on his show,[8] wherein he lampooned logistical arguments made by Holocaust revisionists about the rate at which victims were murdered in the Holocaust by analogizing the event to the rate at which the Cookie Monster could bake cookies. In the same segment, Fuentes paraphrased a segment from the Norm MacDonald show joking about Holocaust revisionist claims that the smokestacks of Auschwitz fail to cast shadows when viewed from aerial photography.

MTV documentary deception

In 2019, Fuentes was contacted by MTV to supposedly feature in a reboot of the series MTV True Life, following a young conservative activist and a young liberal activist. Fuentes initially had turned them down, but later accepted. The crew came to his town in Chicago and filmed hours of interviews and B-Roll of him, but the original episode pitched never aired. Instead, MTV later repackaged the footage into a bogus documentary titled White Supremacy Ruined My Life, following a man pretending to be a former KKK member, who claims Fuentes' views are dangerous and extremist, with the editors cherry-picking moments from the footage in an unsuccessful attempt to make him sound like one. The documentary also follows a black woman who lost a parent in the Charleston church shooting, further trying to conflate Fuentes with the racist violence he disavows.[9]

Matt Walsh

On August 7, 2019, Fuentes got into a feud with Matt Walsh of The Daily Wire on Twitter, over comments Walsh made in response to the El Paso shooting by Patrick Wood Crusius, a suspected white supremacist, in which Walsh says that "white racist scumbags should be executed". Fuentes called Walsh a "Shabbos goy race traitor".[10]

Ashley St. Clair

On September 28th, 2019, Fuentes appeared in a group photo with Ashley St. Clair, Kathy Zhu, and Baked Alaska, amongst others. Ashley St. Clair was fired from her position at Turning Point USA for appearing in the photo. This sparked outrage on Twitter from Zhu and Fuentes, with Fuentes stating on Twitter,

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"The message from Charlie Kirk and TPUSA is loud and clear: if you are a young, thoughtful, intellectual curious Right Winger, you are not welcome in their organization. TPUSA exists solely to enrich its donors, and they’ll cleave off anybody who poses a threat to the cash flow."

Zhu responded to the firing by stating,

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"If they were actually anything close to KKK members, they wouldn’t even want to be in a picture with the 4 minorities in the photo. Guilt by association is a leftist tactic that beta-conservatives have adopted."

Groyper Wars

In the fall of 2019, Charlie Kirk launched a "Culture War" speaking tour with Turning Point USA. As a retaliation for the firing of St. Clair, as well as an incident at the 2019 Politicon convention where Fuentes was prohibited by security from entering events featuring Kirk, Fuentes began a social media campaign urging his followers, the Groypers, to go to the events and ask troll questions regarding Kirk and TPUSA's liberal stances on immigration, Israel, and Homosexual "rights" during the Q&A sections. These events became known as the "Groyper Wars".

At one event hosted by Ohio State University on October 29, eleven out of fourteen questions asked were from Groypers. They asked questions such as "Can you prove that our white European ideals will be maintained if the country is no longer made up of white European descendants?" and "How does anal sex help us win the culture war?", the latter referring to Rob Smith[11], the other speaker at the event and a major contributor to TPUSA, who is a self-proclaimed "gay conservative". One question was disguised as a lighthearted comment suggesting that everyone Google "dancing Israelis", which actually refers to an unsubstantiated anti-Semitic trope begun by ABC News about five Israeli men suspected to be Mossad agents, arrested on 9/11 after they were seen filming the attacks nearby and celebrating. It is still unknown whether these men were Israeli intelligence.[12] Another question mentioned the supposedly "accidental" Israeli attack on the USS Liberty.

Another Turning Point USA event targeted was a promo event for Donald Trump Jr.'s book, Triggered, featuring himself, Kirk, and his wife Kimberly Guilfoyle at the University of California, Los Angeles, in November of 2019. Anticipating further Groyper questions, they announced that the Q&A portion was cancelled, eliciting heckling and boos from the audience. The overwhelming disruptions eventually forced them to cut the event short and leave after only 30 minutes, when it was originally scheduled to last for two hours.[13]

In 2022, Fuentes appeared in the first episode of Louis Theroux's documentary series Forbidden America.

Censorship and deplatforming

Fuentes' controversial views have led to him becoming a major victim of liberal censorship, and, for this very reason, has been banned from just about every mainstream social media platform imaginable, and was kicked out of and banned from the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). The Joe Biden administration placed him on the federal No-Fly List in spring of 2021, and had his bank accounts frozen, as well as having large amounts of his money seized by the government without reason.[14]

In July of 2021, Fuentes was banned from Twitter. This sparked backlash from many conservatives on social media, including more mainstream conservatives, who took his side despite previously condemning him. This includes Ben Shapiro, whom Fuentes had previously feuded with, and in 2019, tried to confront outside of a Turning Point USA conference in Florida over a 45-minute speech Shapiro had given about him[15]. Fuentes received criticism for the confrontation, as Shapiro was with his family. Shapiro used his statement on Fuentes' ban to simultaneously attack Fuentes' views and defend his right to a public platform.

In December 2021, controlled alt-tech site Gettr banned Fuentes, as well as the use of the term "Groyper" in posts. Fuentes responded, “What is the point of a free-speech alternative to Twitter...that doesn’t even honor free speech?” [16][17]

In January 2022, the Pelosi Panel subpoenaed him along with Patrick Casey in an attempt to get him to testify before Congress.[18] Fuentes denied to testify unless it was televised.

As he states,

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In the process of doing all of this I have lost every friend I had in my home town, I have been doxed, threatened, blacklisted, targeted by Left and Right Wing journalists, banned from every bank and every major social media platform, I’ve been put on a federal no fly list and even though I have made small fortune, I had a large percentage of it seized by the federal government. Hit pieces have been written about me in the Washington Post, New York Times, Time Magazine and aired on MSNBC, Fox News, MTV, BBC, and Vice. I have been named as a personal enemy by Ben Shapiro, Steve Bannon, Kevin McCarthy, and Charlie Kirk. My name cannot be uttered on Fox News and people have lost their jobs for being photographed next to me.[19]


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