Nicholas J. Fuentes
Nicholas J. Fuentes or "Nick Fuentes" is a Self Described "Paleoconservative" and "American Nationalist" Internet Personality who runs the America First Podcast on YouTube and previously ran the Nationalist Review Podcast with James Allsup. He has frequently been called a White Nationalist by detractors, although he rejects this label and has publicly denied being a member of the Alt-Right after getting into a public feud with Richard Spencer (who is the progenitor of the term "Alt-Right"). Fuentes is a Devout Catholic and Socially Conservative. He was an adamant supporter of Donald Trump when he was campaigning for the 2016 Election.
Previously, Fuentes worked on the Right Side Broadcasting Network. However, he was removed due to several derogatory comments he made. He later left Boston University after he received several deaths threats and declared that he wished to move to Auburn University. Fuentes graduated from Lyons Township High School and was president of the school's student council. Fuentes is partially of Mexican ancestry. He is about a quarter Mexican; it is from this which his Hispanic surname is derived. Fuentes, however, predominantly identifies with his European heritage, specifically his Italian side.
Fuentes graduated from Lyons Township High School and was president of the school's student council, He initially attended Boston University, but then left after he attended the 'Unite the Right' rally in Charlottesville, Virginia
Fuentes now works full time on his Podcast, "America First," which he broadcasts Monday through Friday, weekly.
On August 12, 2017, Fuentes flew from Chicago to Virginia to attend the Second Day of the 'Unite The Right' rally in Charlottesville. Fuentes claimed that the vast majority of protesters were not KKK members nor were they Neo-Nazis. The Boston Globe covered his appearance and cited Fuentes claims of violence. The New York Times highlighted Fuentes claims about "The rootless transnational elite knows that a tidal wave of white identity is coming. And they know that once the word gets out, they will not be able to stop us. The fire rises!"
Fuentes personally identifies as a Paleoconservative in a similar vein to Patrick Buchanan, although he has frequently been described as a White Nationalist or White Supremacist by various Mainstream Media outlets such as the Boston Globe. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Fuentes was one of the "Racist" and "Anti-LGBT" leaders of the "Alt-Right" who attended CPAC 2018. Fuentes has also spoken at the American Renaissance conference, founded by White Nationalist Jared Taylor. On his show, Fuentes frequently discusses the Demographics of America and Europe, Illegal Immigration, Socially Conservative takes on Cultural Events, Criticism of what he describes as an "Israel First" foreign policy and the Trump Administration.
Right Wing Watch has accused Fuentes of Antisemitism, although Fuentes has rejected the Antisemitic label, stating he has many Jewish friends such as Laura Loomer and Jacob Wohl, despite disagreeing with them on some issues.
Fuentes is in favor of concealed carry and is a proponent of the Second Amendment. A video is on YouTube of him debating another Content Creator known as 'Atheism is Unstoppable' over the right to bear arms in which he defends the Second Amendment.
On August 7, 2019, Fuentes got into a feud with Matt Walsh on Twitter over comments Walsh had made about a mass shooting by a suspected White Supremacist in which Walsh says that "white racist scumbags should be executed." Fuentes had made what detractors call an "Antisemitic outburst" on his show, America First, over the comments made by Walsh, who writes for Daily Wire. Fuentes called Walsh derogatory terms and said that he "works for Jews", he is a "Race Traitor" and a "Shabbos Goy"
Many Nationalists on Twitter seemed to agree with Fuentes although there was a lot of backlash from other Conservatives over Antisemitism. Walsh made his own response video to Fuentes on YouTube in which he makes fun of Nick's mustache.
On September 28th, 2019 Fuentes appeared in a photo with Kathy Zhu, Ashley StClair and Baked Alaska, among others. Ashley StClair was fired from her position at Turning Point USA for appearing in a photo with Fuentes, this sparked outrage on Twitter from Zhu and Fuentes. Fuentes responded on Twitter stating "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."
Kathy Zhu responded to the firing with "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."