MAGA and the "incels": Latest Jan. 6 arrests show how fascists target insecure young men

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“Last year, Ben Lorber, a research analyst at Political Research Associates, told Salon that Fuentes — who is himself only 24 — targets ‘right-wing college students in order to further radicalize the next generation of conservative leaders.’ He goes to young Republican events — especially conferences held by groups like Turning Point USA, which dabble in racist rhetoric while seeking to remain adjacent to “mainstream” conservative opinion — seeking out young men who may already harbor bigoted opinions, in hopes of “red-pilling” them, or converting them into full-on white nationalists. But Fuentes really excels at targeting young men who believe themselves to be failing in the world of sex and dating, and using that insecurity to radicalize them.”

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Last week, with the help of online detectives who have spent the past year and a half tracking the identities of participants in the Jan. 6 insurrection, the FBI arrested five members of the group America First for their role in the Capitol riot.