From Charlottesville to Mar-a-Lago: Nick Fuentes’ White Nationalist Journey

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“Fuentes wanted to shed the baggage of the increasingly toxic alt-right. That meant no more swastikas, no more Hitler salutes, no more skinheads. ‘We have to start changing our look and aesthetic to blend in,’ he said on an April 2019 webcast, according to reporter Ben Lorber for Political Research Associates. [politicalresearch.org] ’If enough people get in there, introduce the talking points, infiltrate, start converting people, and build bridges… Bit by bit we start to break down these walls and we start to get in… and then one day we become the mainstream.’ He formed ‘America First,’ a more innocuous-sounding name used to sanitize the same noxious ideology. “

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Despite his rhetoric growing increasingly vile over the years, the white nationalist has only moved closer to conservative political power.